(WKBW release) New York State Park Police report that on Sunday, May 27, 2012 a 26-year-old Rochester man slipped and fell into the Genesee River in the Upper Falls area of Letchworth State Park and was rescued by a park visitor from Ohio.
According to a news release:
Abdulma Alhari of Rochester, was in an area closed to the public below the Upper Falls when he slipped and fell into the Genesee River. Nineteen-year-old Vincent Gill of Hillyard, Ohio was visiting the area with family members when he heard witnesses yelling that a man had fallen into the river and was going under the water. Gill, who is a trained lifeguard, ran to the area and quickly swam to Alhari who was under the water’s surface when he got to him. Gill was able to grab hold of Alhari and swim him to the shore utilizing his lifeguard training and experience. Alhari was checked by local EMS crews and reported no injuries from the incident. Alhari was ticketed for entering property closed to the public by the investigating officer.
The area in which the incident occurred is a dangerous area between two sets of waterfalls and misleading water currents. Gill’s actions very likely prevented a tragedy and he is being nominated for a civilian lifesaving award by the New York State Park Police.