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OLCOTT – An unidentified man from Erie County drowned when he apparently was blown off of a small sail boat he was in alone off Olcott Beach late this afternoon.

A crew from the Olcott Fire Company pulled the man out of the water after a 9ll call was made about the 4 p.m. accident. The man was rushed to the Newfane Hospital but pronounced dead there.

Spokesmen for the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said the identify of the victim will be released Wednesday after his relatives have been notified. Authorities said the high winds on Lake Ontario this afternoon contributed to the tragedy.