Five people were rescued early Wednesday evening after the sailboat they were traveling in sank in Buffalo’s outer harbor near the U.S. Coast Guard station, Coast Guard officials reported.
The incident occurred at 6:49 p.m. That’s when Coast Guard officials received reports from three separate sources that the sailboat capsized, reported coast Guard Petty Officer Third-Class Christopher Yaw, based out of the Ninth District Public Affairs Office in Cleveland.
Four passengers were rescued by a Coast Guard response boat and a fifth by a commercial salvage vessel, Yaw said.
All five were evaluated at the Coast Guard’s Buffalo station by emergency medical personnel and determined not to have serious injury, said Yaw.
About two feet of the mast of the sailboat remained poking above the surface of the water. Salvage plans were being arranged late Wednesday for the vessel.
All five victims were wearing life jackets, the Coast Guard said.
Authorities were investigating what caused the sailboat to capsize.
There were gusty winds ahead of an approaching cold front in the area at the time. However, it was unclear what role weather may have played in the incident.
The weather service had a small craft advisory and a severe thunderstorm watch posted at the time of the incident.