Man rescued from frigid Seaway waters in Akwesasne, treated for hypothermia at Massena Memorial Hospital
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 11:27 pm

AKWESASNE – A man was rescued from 50-degree water in the St. Lawrence River Saturday then treated for hypothermia at Massena Memorial Hospital, according to Randy Montour, second chief of the Massena Rescue Squad.

Massena Rescue and the Massena Rescue Dive Team responded shortly after 7:30 a.m. to a mutual aid call to Adams Marina in Akwesasne to assist the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance and the Hogansburg Fire Department.

The rescue workers were engaged in a search-and-rescue in the Syne Channel, Montour said.

He said members of the Akwesasne units were told that the man fell into the fast-moving water at approximately 7:30 a.m.

The Hogansburg Fire Department launched two rescue boats into the water and the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance was staged at the marina with the Fire Command center, he said.

Massena Rescue's A-214 responded to the scene to assist with Advanced Life Support.

The patient was located and rescued out of the frigid water at approximately 8:30 a.m., Montour said.

He was rushed into the awaiting ambulance and placed into a Mustang Thermal Recovery Blanket, he said.

EMS units worked to stabilize the patient and he was rushed to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of severe hypothermia, he added.