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Man rescued from Niagara River on Sunday has died

The 85-year-old Lockport man rescued from the Niagara River on Sunday after his boat capsized has died.

Russell W. Nye died Monday, according to an online obituary from Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home in Lockport.

Nye and his son were in a 12-foot motorized rowboat where the Erie Canal meets the Niagara River when the engine stopped. The pair tried making repairs, but the aluminum boat swamped and capsized, sending both men into the water, City of Tonawanda police previously said.

Nye was not wearing a life jacket, but his son, who was not identified, was wearing one, police said.

The pair had been watching family members participate in FloaTilla 9, an event where thousands floated in rafts down the Niagara from Isle View Park to Gratwick Park.

Another vessel flagged down a police boat, alerting them two people were in the water. City of Tonawanda police on patrol located a jet skier trying to hold Nye above water at about 2:15 p.m. near the southwest end of Tonawanda Island.

Nye was pulled aboard and found unresponsive. Rescuers began CPR and the police boat took him to the docks behind City of Tonawanda Police headquarters where firefighters continued CPR.

Nye was taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda and then transferred to Buffalo General Medical Center, where he later died.

Nye worked for Wendt’s Dairy, Rebco Steel and retired from Lockport Trucking, according to the online obituary. He was a member and past chief of the Cambria Volunteer Fire Co. and a members of Teamsters Local 375.


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