Boy Scout Plays Crucial Role in Rescuing Man From Frozen Lake
The 14-year old boy scout and his family all played crucial roles in the man's rescue.
On Wednesday at approximately 7:19 p.m. deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a male screaming for help, possibly out on the ice in Lake Oscawana in Putnam Valley.
The deputy was responding to the call when he was flagged down, in the area of Colemans Landing, by 14-year old Zachary Kuttruf. Zachary, who is a Sheriff’s Cadet and Boy Scout, led Deputy Bradley to the area of the lake where 49 year old Brendan Foran of Putnam Valley had fallen through the ice.
Foran had been riding his ATV across the lake when the ice gave way and he and the ATV fell into the freezing waters.When deputies arrived, Foran had been in the water for 10 minutes and was clinging to a rock.
The boy scout and his family attempted to throw a garden hose to Foran, but we unable to reach him. The deputy attempted to walk out on the ice for a closer vantage point, and the ice broke beneath his feet. Luckily the water below the deputies feet was not that deep.
By that time, Deputies Randel Hill, Kevin Radovich and Anthony Tolve, along with EMS and the Putnam Valley Fire Department had arrived on the scene and assisted in getting Mr. Foran safely out of the lake and then carried onto the awaiting ambulance.
Sheriff Langley highly commends Deputies Bradley, Hill, Radovich and Tolve, and all the other emergency personnel who worked together to save this man. He especially would like to thank 14 year old Cadet and Boy Scout, Zachary Kuttruf and his family who played a crucial role in the rescue of Mr. Foran.