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Coast Guard ends search for man heard yelling for help, police dive team called in

A State Police dive team is expected to arrive Tuesday to help look for a person who was reportedly seen in the Niagara River early Monday morning.

Police responded to the call at about 3:30 a.m. in the Niagara River near Bird Island, according to a Buffalo police spokesman.

According to police, witnesses identified the person in the water as a man who was in the river near Bird Island.

They told police that an attempt to rescue him, by throwing a two-by-four into the water, was unsuccessful, according to police. The Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team was called to the scene and police searched the river for about six hours, according to police.

The Coast Guard in Buffalo also suspended a search Monday. The agency is not resuming search efforts on Tuesday unless there are developments in the situation, a representative said.

The Coast Guard had been alerted by Erie County 911 dispatch of a report of a person calling for help in the Niagara River about 4:30 a.m., made by people on Unity Island, according to the Coast Guard. An employee of the Buffalo Sewer Authority plant reported seeing the man in the water and hearing him yell for help.

Search crews covered the area with boats and helicopters. The State Police dive team will employ with sonar equipment to assist with search efforts.

Anyone with information that could assist in identifying the individual is asked to contact authorities.

Coast Guard searching Niagara River for man seen yelling for help

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