Dramatic Saratoga Lake rescue underscores need for caution

Mark Mulholland & WNYT Staff
Created: March 01, 2021 07:16 PM

A dramatic rescue on Saratoga Lake underscores the need to be careful on frozen bodies of water, especially as spring approaches. As neighbors found out, it's also a good idea to prepare for the worst.

It started when Kathy Simmonds strapped on the snowshoes for a walk across Saratoga Lake.

She says it’s a route she’s done many times, and she always stays on the right path.

It was about 10:30 Tuesday morning, when she was about 500 feet from shore, and the ice gave way.

She was in the frigid water up to her armpits and screaming for help, but no one was around and no one could hear her.

Steve Hoffman goes for a walk on the lake at about 10 a.m. every day, but happened to leave a bit late Sunday.

He and his wife happened to notice Simmonds walking, and then what he thought was her sitting down. However, he quickly realized she had fallen right in.

Hear about the harrowing rescue that followed and learn how long Hoffman estimates Simmonds was in the water by watching the video of Mark Mulholland's story.


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