Reporter Jolene Almendarez contributed reporting from the scene. 

UPDATE: 5:44 p.m. — According to Lieutenant Dan Donahue of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, a report came in from Seneca County dispatch saying that a person had been seen swimming in the lake around 3:15 p.m. When the call came in at 3:36, the caller said they had lost sight of the person.

Initially there were several “good Samaritan” boats on the scene lending aid and information to first responders, but most of them have been cleared out.

Boats from Ithaca Fire Department, Lansing Fire and Rescue, Romulus Fire Department, Union Springs Fire Departments, and Aurora Fire and Rescue, among others, are still on the lake. The New York State Police Dive Team is still en route.

They are focusing their search on the area North of Myer’s point, also being called Salt Point, along the eastern shore of the lake.

The area is likely to be closed for the rest of the day.

Officials aren’t saying whether it is a rescue or recovery operation at this point. They also are unsure of how much longer they will be continuing the search.

Previously —

ITHACA, NY – Rescue personnel are responding to a report about a person missing in the water at Cayuga Lake.

The initial report was made from Seneca County around 3:36 p.m. Multiple agencies, including several out-of-county agencies, are responding.

Lansing Fire and Rescue, Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police are on the scene. The State Police are reportedly calling in their Dive Team, planning to search between four and 40 feet deep.

Emergency crews are rendezvousing at Myer’s Point in Lansing. People have been cleared from the waters in that area.

This is a developing story.

(Photos: Jolene Almendarez / The Ithaca Voice)

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