Canoe accident prompts water safety discussion

Updated: 05/25/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 05/25/2014 6:49 PM WHEC.com

Friends and family are mourning a 21-year-old man who tragically lost his life after his canoe overturned on Honeoye Creek.

On Sunday, rescue crews searched by land and air for Andrew Primerano of Mendon. Officials say he was finally found trapped under a fallen tree, pulled from the water and rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Primerano’s friends say he was a kind, smart and likeable guy who loved the outdoors, especially getting out on the water. A family friend says he was always very safe, which is why his death is harder to understand.

Primerano’s death has sparked discussion about water safety, and how to protect yourself on dangerous waters.

Chief Jim Bucci, Rush Fire Department, pulled Primerano out of the creek. Bucci says he was not wearing a life jacket, but the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says it appears that he was. Bucci says the creek is higher than normal and moving fast.

“I’ve seen people that are strong swimmers, and they’re no match for a rough current. They should be able to survive and rescue themselves, but they’re no match for the type of water that the gentleman was in yesterday,” said Bucci.

Bucci says wearing a life jacket can make all the difference, especially with the water as high as it is after all the heavy rain the past few weeks.

“If you’re going to be out canoeing or kayaking, put that personal floatation device on. Don’t just have it in the craft sitting on if for a seat cushion. Put it on and wear it because your life might depend on that device,” said Bucci.

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