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Officials identify teenage drowning victim

Authorities have released the identity of a 16-year-old youth who drowned Sunday near the foot of Porter Avenue where he had been swimming with his brother but have found no evidence of a possible second drowning.

The body of Gene Long was recovered at about 3:41 p.m. Sunday, about 20 yards from where he had been swimming. No further details were released about the victim.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday, and several agencies assisted the search -- including the Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Erie County Sheriff's Department, Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team and the Buffalo Fire Department.

A few hours later, in a separate incident, rescuers returned to the scene after a 911 caller reported hearing splashing water and yelling near the Niagara River and Black Rock Channel.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Dugas said the Buffalo Fire Department alerted the Coast Guard that a caller heard someone in the water yelling for help at about 8 p.m. Dugas said a search was conducted for about two hours but was called off at about 10 p.m. because searchers had no further evidence to corroborate that someone was missing.

Man in Ontario collision dies of his injuries

BEAMSVILLE, Ont. -- A 78-year-old Beamsville man died in the hospital Monday after a two-vehicle collision Sunday morning, reported Niagara Regional Police.

The identity of the deceased man has not been released.

Police said Norman Robertson, 77, of Grimsby, was driving his Chevrolet Malibu on Regional Road 81 when he made a left turn onto Hillview Drive at about 10:15 a.m. and crashed into an eastbound Ford Wagon. The driver of the vehicle was killed.

Robertson suffered minor injuries and was charged with a left-turn offense under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. His front-seat passenger, a 72-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

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