Lucky escape for canoeist in southern tier

Posted at 9:26 AM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 09:26:29-04

A canoeist had a lucky escape after his craft capsized in the frigid waters off Cattaraugus Creek on Thurssday.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, a fisherman noticed splashing and called 911.

The canoeist was able to swim over to a nearby island. Deputies say he was kept afloat thanks to a life vest.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for hypothermia.