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Niagara River Rescue

Release Date: 
July 15, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Buffalo Station’s Marine Unit responded to assist kayakers in distress on the rapids of the Niagara River.

Today, at 12:15 P.M., the Marine Unit responded to a distress call transmitted by the U.S. Coast Guard of a capsized kayak on the Niagara River near the Peace Bridge. Agents responded and subsequently observed a female kayaker in the swift water clinging to a net that a nearby fisherman had extended to her. The agents then reached into the rapids and were able to successfully pull her safely onboard their Border Patrol vessel. Agents immediately provided first responder care for what appeared to be minor lacerations and contusions. Subsequently, the female subject was transported to the Harbor Place Marina where she was met by Emergency Medical Services.

Niagara River at the Peace Bridge - Buffalo, N.Y.
Niagara River at the Peace Bridge - Buffalo, N.Y.

“The quick action our agents displayed prevented a potential tragedy, said Patrol Agent in Charge Jeffery T. Wilson. “This portion of the river is extremely treacherous and is another example of our agents putting their own lives on-the-line in order to help keep our communities safe.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-800-331-0353 toll free.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021