OSWEGO — A man was successfully rescued from the Oswego River on Sunday, according to city Fire Chief Randall Griffin.

He said that at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, a 21-year-old man was discovered in the Oswego River by a passerby who then called 911.

City firefighters responded with Marine 1 from the harbor and trailered boats from the east side station to Lock 8, according to Griffin.

Firefighters then launched a drone to determine the location of the victim in the cold and fast-moving water. Using thermal imaging technology, the victim was quickly located, removed from the water by rescuers and transferred to a waiting ambulance. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Zalewski said that the man was “very fortunate” that someone discovered him in the river.

He added that the river was 52 degrees, so the outcome could have been much worse.

Firefighters recommend always wearing a personal flotation device anytime you are near or in the water. City firefighters were assisted by the city police department and Menter Ambulance.

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