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Coast Guard calls off search at Erie Basin

Coast Guard Buffalo halted search efforts Tuesday morning at Erie Basin Marina after concluding that no one had been aboard an empty raft floating in waters near the Hatch Restaurant.

The registration on the gray motorized inflatable raft was traced to an employee at Canalside who used it as a run-about, said Petty Officer Nicholas Campbell.

“We feel confident that there was no one in the raft,” said Campbell.

The Coast Guard was assisted in the search by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

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