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Search continues for missing man on Oneida Lake

Search efforts move from rescue to recovery for missing man on Oneida Lake.

Posted: Jul 6, 2019 7:10 PM

CANASTOTA, N.Y -- It was a long 24 hours for the first responders searching for a man who went missing on Oneida Lake on Friday night.

Saturday it was a race against time as stormy weather was set to move into the area.

"We are trying to beat the weather, I guess we have some pretty bad weather I guess. And with all of this humidity, we are trying to get as much done as we can. Because once we do get bad weather, we have to pull everyone out," said Sylvan Beach Fire Cheif Rick Johnson.

First responders invested every resource at their disposal for the search effort. Multiple fire and police agencies from across the area including the U.S Coast Guard were apart of the search.

Air one was brought in to help search from the air. Chief Johnson said that the latest in technology was used in the recovery effort.

"The fire vessels that are out there right now are using side scan sonar so we can scan the bottom. We have depth finders those work well in this situation as well and we also have some underwater cameras," said Johnson.

But the chief said that sadly this has gone from a rescue to a recovery effort.

"Right now we have switched from a rescue to a recovery mode now. It is disheartening to the family knowing that one of their members is out there and so our goal now is to just bring peace to them and bring their loved one home to them," said Johnson.

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