Anthony (Tony) Adsit
Class of 1988
The following information was printed in the Watertown Daily Times
HEADLINE: Man hurt in swimming accident out of hospital
By David C Shampine (Times Staff Writer)
Published on July 15, 2007, Page B2, Watertown Daily Times
MAN HURT IN SWIMMING ACCIDENT OUT OF HOSPITAL
A man who suffered a head injury in a fall at Agers Falls and nearly drowned Thursday afternoon was discharged Friday from Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville. State police said Ross Perretta, 22, Rome, slipped at the top of a short waterfall, fell into a swirling pool of water and struck his head on a rock, losing consciousness.
He went underwater and drifted about 100 feet downstream in a fast current, police said. When he was on the surface of the water he was face-down, police said.
Mr. Perretta, who was not wearing a life preserver, was estimated to have been submerged or face-down abut two and a half minutes.
Three swimmers, identified as Anthony J. Adsit, 38, Eric Adsit, 15, and Nicholas Clemens, 17, all of Lowville, pulled him out of the water and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He began breathing on his own, and recovered to a semi-conscious state, police said.
*****Tony actually had to do the CPR in the water because there wasn't any place to pull Ross out and time was of the essence. The boys, Eric and Nick were terrific under pressure, bracing their bodies against a jagged rock in the water so that they could use their own bodies as a pressure point so that Tony could do compressions in the water. Once they got Mr. Perretta breathing, they worked together passing him one-to-another as they crossed about 50 feet of strong current in water that was over their heads.
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