SHERBURNE A stranded boater clung to a fallen tree in the 40-degree waters of the Chenango River for more than hour Saturday after his kayak capsized just south of the Village of Sherburne.
Sherburne Fire Chief Patrick Lawrence said the man was pulled from the water by members of the department and flown by the Life Net of New York helicopter based in Sidney to the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Two kayakers overturned and were stuck in the water. The river was higher and faster than usual and one guy made to shore. The other got hung up in water, hanging onto a tree more than 20 feet from the west shore, said Lawrence.