NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Crews continue to search the Lower Niagara River Sunday, for a 22-year-old man from Buffalo who slipped into the water Sunday morning. This is the second time this summer, a young man accidentally slipped and fell into the gorge.
New York State Parks Police report the Buffalo man fell into the Lower Niagara River just after 6 a.m., near Whirlpool State Park.
"He was fishing with two of his friends; he apparently had hooked a fish and was trying to bring it in when he accidently slipped on a rock," Moriarty said.
Lt. Moriarty adds the particular area he fell in runs quickly. He was pulled into the current in which his friends reportedly saw him being pulled towards the middle of the river.
Crews have been searching since roughly 6:30 a.m. The Niagara Falls Parks Police, Niagara Falls Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Erie County Sheriff's Air One tried tirelessly to find the fisherman.
While Air One was searching for the victim, another discovery was found. Another body was found on the Canadian shoreline.
The victim's identity has not been released. Police say both incidents are unrelated.
Just earlier this month, 23-year-old UB Student, David Kim slipped into the water to his death. His body was found a week later.
"It makes it more tragic when they're young like that yes, these are young people that probably don't sense the fear [and] maybe they don't recognize the fear how dangerous it is," said the lieutenant.
Moriarty says if visitors stick to the designated trails, they won't have a problem. "That area that the young man was in was off the trail, it's a dangerous area and he never should have been on that rock," he says.
Officials say anyone who ventures off the trails, could face a fine for breaking the law.
Crews searched until nighttime Sunday; and they planned to begin searching again first thing Monday morning. The man's name has not been released yet until the family has been notified.
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