Oswego County Sheriff's Office Responds to Oneida Lake

June 16, 2024

On Sunday, June 16 at around 9:51 a.m., members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol were on Oneida Lake, near the pier located just south of the Waterfront Tavern in the town of Hastings, when they came across two people in the water who were in distress.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol were able to rescue one of the two individuals, identified as Wattie Cappers, 42 years of age, from Syracuse N.Y. Cappers was transported to Upstate Hospital and is in stable condition.

Members of Brewerton Fire Department arrived on scene to assist and were able to locate the other individual in distress, Anthony Davis, 44 years of age, from Clay, N.Y. Davis was pulled from the water by a diver with the Brewerton Fire Department. Davis was transported to Upstate Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

Investigation has revealed that Cappers, Davis and another male were fishing for Father’s Day, when Davis' keys fell in the water. Davis attempted to get his keys but was unable to make it back to land. Cappers jumped in to rescue Davis but was also unable to make it back to land. Shortly after, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol arrived on scene after hearing the yelling for help.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office were assisted on-scene by the New York State Police, Brewerton Fire Department, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Central Square Police Department, Caughdenoy Volunteer Fire Department, West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department and Parish Volunteer Fire Department.

This incident is still under investigation.