BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - First responders did everything they could to save his life, buta promising high school student died overnight after a tragicplunge into the murky waters of the Buffalo River.
Gary Ramos had been pulled from the Buffalo River by police andfire underwater rescue crews Thursday night. He and some friendswere diving off a train trestle and swimming behind HillaryAcademy. At one point Gary went under. It took about 20 minutes tofind him once divers were on the scene.
Lt. Richard Doyle of the Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Teamsaid, "He was found approximately 15 to 20 feet from the bottom ofthe bridge."
Some who knew Gary rushed to rescue seen. Initially there washope the teenager might live. He was rescued in cold water withinan hour, which sometimes gives victims a chance at life. But Garylost his struggle for life late Thursday night at MercyHospital.
Burgard High School, where Gary was a junior, is in mourning.Principal Florence Kreiter, who News 4 is told took a specialinterest in the student, was too broken up to talk, but we did talkwith some of Gary's friends.
Zuleya Soto said, "He had a real good sense of humor. He madeeverybody laugh when we were down, and he just lifted our spiritsup when we needed somebody to be there for us."
Andrew Brown said, "I just broke out crying because I lost agood friend. It's hard."
This warning goes out to all who might dive from high placesinto murky water.
"You don't know if there are any structures that are down therethat can impale you or strike you, or, if you just simply hit thewater wrong, you can lose your breath and take a gulp, and usuallythat's when tragedy happens," said Lt. Doyle.
When you look at the numbers, West Seneca and Tonawanda collect more money per capita than Amherst, which collects $2.6 million in court fines.
A car flipped onto its side during an accident on Dick Road in Depew between George Urban Boulevard and Walden.
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, a local school district is now banning a popular sweet treat.
Officers with three separate police agencies had to take cover early Wednesday morning when a man barricaded inside his home in Brant started shooting.
A sex offender has been arrested after he allegedly showed indecent material to a child under the age of 16.
Twenty-two-year-old Yaron Bernstein was last seen leaving a friend's apartment in Philadelphia three weeks ago. Bernstein has ties in Buffalo as well as Pittsburgh, Miami and New Jersey.