Three people were rescued Monday evening by the U.S. Coast Guard after their boat became disabled and began taking on water in the Niagara River not far from LaSalle Park, officials reported late Monday from the external affairs office of the Ninth Coast Guard District.
No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard watchstander at the Buffalo Station was summoned at about 7 p.m. by the operator of a 23-foot Sea Ray who reported his watercraft was taking on water.
A Coast Guard boat crew from the local station launched a small, 25-foot response boat to the scene at the same time an urgent marine information was broadcast by the watchstander that requested any nearby boaters to provide assistance, if possible, the Coast Guard report stated.
Within about five minutes, the Coast Guard boat crew arrived at the scene of the disabled Sea Ray and were able to bring all three people aboard that vessel to safety on the Coast Guard boat.
Officials said the Coast Guard boat crew was not able to properly operate its dewatering pump aboard the Sea Ray but were able “to control the flooding by shutting down the boat’s engine,” according to the Coast Guard statement.
The rescuing crew were able to tow the Sea Ray to the Erie Basin Marina. There, it was put on a trailer.
Coast Guard officials said none of the three aboard the Sea Ray required medical attention as the result of the mishap.
The names of those involved were not released late Monday.