Crews searching for missing member of Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other agencies are conducting a search for a member of the Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team.

The missing diver has been confirmed as Buffalo Police K-9 officer Craig Lehner, 34.

“Today our Underwater Rescue Team was conducting routine training when at approximately 10 to 1:00 this afternoon one of the divers went missing,” Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo said. “We are currently conducting a rescue search on the Niagara River, in conjunction with multiple other agencies at this time.”

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the operation is still a rescue mission, Rinaldo said.

“We have no information to not make it a rescue,” he said.

The missing diver is 34 years old and is not being named at this point.

Rinaldo added that training in the Niagara River can be very dangerous, since the waters are very dangerous.

The search began at the foot of Ferry St.

The U.S. Coast Guard Buffalo were notified just after 1 p.m. that a diver went missing during a dive in the Niagara River.

Crews from the Coast Guard Buffalo Station responded and began to search. While searching, it was discovered that the tender cable had parted.

A secondary tank was also found in the river, however it was not the diver’s tank.

A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit are responding aboard an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter.

 

 

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