The woman who nearly drowned Saturday at Olcott Beach remains in critical condition at ECMC.

Melissa Fisher, 33, of Newfane, was found unresponsive in the water about 100 feet from the shore just before noon, a sheriff’s department report said.

Fisher and her sister had been on a floating raft near the beach when Fisher went into the water to try and pull the raft closer to shore.

She was not wearing a life jacket, the report said.

Fisher began to struggle in the water after a short time, and her sister began screaming for help. A person on shore heard the screams and called 911, the report said.

Fisher was pulled from the water and given CPR on shore by firefighters from the Olcott Volunteer Fire Company.

She was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

On Monday, she was still listed in critical condition.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steven Preisch said drownings happen every year during the summer months as people spend more time in the water.

“It’s sad, how summer’s just so short in this area, to have something like this happen,” he said. “I think everybody has to know their abilities in the water.”

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