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Two rescued from disabled boat anchored above Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – Two persons were rescued about 11:45 p.m. Monday from a disabled 19-foot boat that they had anchored in the Niagara River about 700 yards above the American Falls.

They were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crew from Buffalo assisted by boat crews from the New York State Parks Police, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and the Erie County Sheriff’s Air One helicopter. The flow of the Niagara River was reduced by the Ontario Power Authority, and the New York Power Authority assisted in the hours-long rescue effort, the Coast Guard said.

The boaters, who are not publicly identified, made a cell phone emergency call to the Coast Guard Buffalo Sector office about 9:15 p.m. During the rescue effort a commercial salvage boat crew called into service became grounded near the disabled boat but managed to get free. At about 11:45 p.m. the two boaters, neither of whom needed medical attention, were taken to the Niagara International Airport and released, a Coast Guard official said. The owner of the disabled boat will coordinate salvage of the vessel with a commercial service company, the official said.