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.
Sylvan Beach Fire
North Bay Fire
Oneida County Emergency Services along with their Cascade System
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.