Coast Guard search for person reported in Upper Niagara suspended

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a person who was reported to be in the water calling for help  in the eastern Upper Niagara River early Monday morning.

A 911 call about a person in the water calling for help was received at about 3:45 a.m. Monday.

The employees followed the individual as far along the property as possible attempting to help and gain information. According to Buffalo Police, witnesses said that the individual was a male and that individuals tried to throw a 2′ by 4′ into the water to help him, but were unsuccessful.

Search efforts included search crews covering the canal shoreline and the entire Eastern Upper Niagara River with boats and helicopters. Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team conducted dive operations in the area.

The search yielded negative results and Coast Guard efforts were suspended Monday afternoon.

A New York State Police dive team is expected to arrive Tuesday with sonar equipment to assist with the search, and other authorities are expected to resume efforts Tuesday morning.

Two Coast Guard Station Buffalo response boats; two Coast Guard Air Station Detroit helicopters; an Erie County Sheriff’s helicopter; three Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, fire boats; the Buffalo Police Department Underwater Recovery Team; and a Hamburg Police Department boat were involved in the search.

Anyone with information that could help identify the individual is urged to contact a local law enforcement agency. 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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