Fisherman swept away into Niagara River

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard received an emergency report of a fisherman that was swept away by the water of the Niagara River.

Officials tell News 4, two men took the Vanderbilt stairs down to Devils Hole for an early morning fishing excursion. Shortly after their arrival, one of the men was pulled into the water and quickly taken under by the force of the whirlpool.

At 7:30 a.m. a full active search had begun.

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, NYS Parks Police, Whirlpool Jet Boat, Lewiston Fire and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene while Coast Guard helicopters circled the search area.

Parks Police have since suspended the active search and are working on a recovery operation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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