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U.S. Border Patrol in Niagara Falls Respond to Boater in Distress

Release Date: 
July 31, 2012

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Niagara Falls Station responded to a boater in distress on Lake Ontario Saturday, while patrolling the lower Niagara River.

On July 28, at approximately 12:00 PM a young man who was participating in the Youngstown Level Regatta suffered a traumatic head injury. At the time of the injury the conditions on the lake were extreme with waves approximately four feet in height. The man's sailing vessel had poor radio communication and the boat's captain had to contact emergency personnel by cell phone to report the situation. The mother of the injured also was notified via cell phone and flagged down a Border Patrol vessel for help.

Agents acted quickly and were able to locate the Canadian-registered vessel on Lake Ontario by description and approximate location. On first assessment agents determined that the man was in need of immediate medical attention.

Border Patrol transported the man via their vessel to the Niagara Coast Guard Station, where a Mercy Flight Helicopter was standing by to transport the injured man for further medical attention.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017