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Rescuers conduct 'exhaustive' search for boy, 15, swept into Niagara River

Rescuers conduct 'exhaustive' search for boy, 15, swept into Niagara River

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Whirlpool State Park

The view Sunday from the upper gorge trail of the Niagara River at Whirlpool State Park, near where a teenager was reported swept from the lower gorge trail into the churning waters.

Police and rescue crews have conducted an extensive search for a teenager who fell into the Niagara River at Whirlpool State Park while fishing Monday with his father, State Park Police said.

Park Police say they responded to the Lower Gorge Trail at the park at about 11:15 a.m. after receiving word that a 15-year-old boy had gone into the river from the American side in the area beneath the Whirlpool Aero Car, just north of Niagara Falls, and had not resurfaced.

Park Police Capt. Christopher Rola said the boy's father called 911 to report the accident. Witnesses last saw the teen moving downriver through the strong, churning current, Rola added.

Park Police then coordinated an "exhaustive" search from the shoreline, in the air and on the water that was joined by the Niagara Falls Fire Department, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, State Police, U.S. Coast Guard, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours and Canadian Park Police.

The initial search was unsuccessful, Park Police reported in a statement, but their efforts continued Monday afternoon.

Rola said police would call off the multi-agency search at dusk Monday, but would resume their attempts to find the teen Tuesday morning.

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