UPDATE – Second Drowning Victim Found in Oneida Lake Identified


Believed To Be July 5th Victim

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person recovered from Oneida Lake Monday morning. At 6:15AM Monday, the body of James Gambini, 51, from Plains, Pa, was taken from the water. Madison County Emergency Services were call Monday morning about a body in the water. Madison and Oneida County deputies responded, along with the Oneida County Marine Unit. The body was removed from teh lake and taken to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

On Friday evening, July 5th, an emergency call was made involving a person who went off a boat and into the lake near Callahan’s Marina in the South Bay area of Oneida Lake. The person did not resurface. A search was launched that evening, but called off due to darkness. The search resumed Saturday morning and went on until the afternoon, when a report was received of a second swimmer who was lost in the lake.

Sunday afternoon, the body of a 62 year old Oswego County man was recovered in the water near Cicero.

The release from the Oneida County Sheriff acknowledged all of those involved in the search and rescue efforts:

The search and recovery operation has been continuous from sunrise to sunset since the time of report. This operation included many different agencies which were both governmental and private. The below list is are those who assisted. I hope I did not miss any agencies.

Fire services;

                Sylvan Beach Fire

                North Bay Fire

                West Monroe

                Brewerton Fire

                Constantia Fire

                Cleveland Fire

                Oneida County Emergency Services along with their Cascade System

Law Enforcement:

                Madison County

                Oswego County

                Onondaga County

                New York State Police

                New York Environmental Conservation

                Rochester Police Department SCUBA Team

                United States Coast Guard

                United State Coast Guard Auxiliary


                Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue K9

                Massasauga Search & Rescue K9

The Oneida County Sheriff’s wants to say Thank You to all involved. The Oneida Lake Emergency Services community is huge and is second to none.  Between Friday and Sunday three major incidents occurred on Oneida Lake and the combined efforts of the emergency services community handled and completed all three incidents.

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