GENESEO/LEICESTER — Two hikers were rescued from the Genesee River by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies and local fire departments.
According to a report from Livingston County Sheriff, Thomas Dougherty, a 911 call was placed to Livingston County Emergency Communications Center on July 8 for a father and daughter trapped in the river by a strong current. Deputies were immediately dispatched to the area of 3257 Cuylerville Road, along with fire and EMS. After navigating through farmland and wooded areas, emergency personnel searched the area and located the victims, Ronald Beck, 50, and Amanda Beck, 29, approximately 1200 feet north of the bridge.
After visual contact was made with the two, Deputy Sheriff Michael Phillips and DEC Officer Chris Ward entered the water and were able to throw a rescue rope to the individuals and successfully get them to shore.
The investigation revealed that the father and daughter were hiking in the Fallbrook area near a stream when Amanda lost her shoes in an area where the stream meets the river. When Amanda tried to retrieve her shoes, the current pulled her into the river. Ronald attempted to help her back to the shore but the strong current pulled them down the river until they were able to grab the limb, call 911 and wait for help before being pulled to safety. Ronald and Amanda were checked by EMS on the scene but were not injured in the incident.
In addition to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office on scene were the Leicester Fire Department, Cuylerville Fire Department, Geneseo Fire Department, Livingston County EMS, DEC Police, and the Park Police.