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American boat rescued just above Falls by Canadian crew

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A 16-foot American speed boat carrying a Buffalo area husband and wife was rescued by a St. Johns Ambulance water patrol boat and two boats from the Marine unit of the Niagara Falls, Ontario, Fire Department late Wednesday afternoon.

Platoon Chief David Belme of the Fire Department said the speed boat’s engine died about 5:08 p.m. in the Niagara River above the cataracts and several nearby boats called in a report the trouble it was having.

The speed boat operator threw its anchor into the water so the boat was secured, and it was not pushed by the rapids into what is considered the “point of no return” where all items go over the falls.

The St. John’s Ambulance boat, that operates in the nearby Welland River, towed the speed boat to a Welland River dock with two Niagara Falls Fire marine unit boats traveling alongside.

The Niagara Falls, Ontario, Parks Police questioned the husband and wife before releasing them and their boat. A spokeswoman for the Parks Police said they could not release any information about the speed boat crew, including the hometown of the couple in the boat.