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SHERIFF’S UNITS SEARCHING FOR A MISSING SWIMMER IN NIAGARA RIVER.

Multiple Agencies assisting the Sheriff’s Office


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports multiple, specialized units responded to a report of a missing swimmer near the south Grand Island bridge.

At approximately 4:28PM, Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers received reports of a male who went swimming in the east branch of the Niagara River but did not return to shore. 

Sometime earlier to the emergency call, two males swimmers entered the water from a Grand Island dock and attempted to swim to a bridge pylon. One of the swimmers noticed the second male was no longer visible.

The Sheriff’s Office dispatched the Marine Unit, Air-1, and members of the SWAT team who deployed a drone.  At 1707, the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team responded to the scene.

The incident commander has paused the search today due to diminishing daylight and safety concerns. Sheriff’s units will resume the search Wednesday morning.

Agencies assisting in the search:

Grand Island Fire

U.S. Border Patrol

City of Tonawanda Police Department

NY State Police

U.S. Coast Guard Edit: Addition to the above also involved were the following: Grand Island & River Road Fire Companies,

City of Tonawanda FD,

Twin City Ambulance,

US Customs & Border Patrol,

US Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

The ECSO had the largest presence with their Air-1 helicopter, Marine Unit-2, SWAT with their drone, and their Underwater Recovery Team.


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