Seneca Samaritans rescue couple after canoe capsizes

John Christensen/The Chronicle-Express

SENECA LAKE – Two good Samaritans on Perry Point Road in Torrey rescued two people from Seneca Lake in the early morning hours Saturday.

At 3:44 a.m. Aug. 9, a Perry Point resident called 911 to report hearing a person struggling in the water.

Before emergency personnel arrived, the caller and a neighbor went out in a boat and located the swimmer, Kimberly Hanson, 47, of Clarence.

Hanson and Edward Bentley, 51, of East Aurora, had set out from the east shore of Seneca in a canoe, but capsized near the middle of the lake.

Hanson had left her flotation device with Bentley at the canoe, and attempted to swim to the west shore. During her two-hour swim, she became exhausted and began to shout for help.

After the Samaritans rescued Hanson, they quickly located and rescued Bentley as well, bringing them to shore to be treated for hypothermia and exhaustion by emergency responders.

Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies, Dresden Fire Dept., Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Finger Lakes Ambulance, Branchport-Keuka Park Fire Dept. Dive Team, and Yates County Office of Emergency Management all responded to the call.

No reason was given for why the pair were so far out on Seneca Lake in a canoe and so late at night.