A Hamburg man died after he was pulled from the waters of Lake Erie near Hoaks Restaurant, 4100 Lakeshore Road Wednesday night, Hamburg police said.
The man was identified as Robert Maccubbin, 50, of Hamburg.
Maccubbin was an avid fisherman, said his wife JoAnne McNamara, a professional photographer who shared a photo she took of her husband on a fishing trip off Tonawanda in 2010. It's her understanding that he was fishing Wednesday. "He died doing what he loved very much," she said.
Just before 8 p.m., police were called about a man in a raft who appeared to be in distress, police said in a statement.
Town police and water rescuers responded and found a man in the water near the raft. The man was taken to Mercy Hospital by ambulance and was pronounced dead.
Despite the warm weather, the water temperature in Lake Erie remains cold. It was reported at 46 degrees Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo tweeted out a warning about the dangers of hypothermia in the lake, saying that body heat can be lost 25 times faster in cold water than cold air.
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