LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued an injured and hypothermic man along the lower Niagara River on Friday morning.
According to a news release from patrol, agents received a citizen report of a man who appeared to be injured, wet, and shivering exiting the lower Niagara River near Lewiston around 6:35 a.m.
They searched the area and found an abandoned vehicle that appeared to have struck a fire hydrant near the Lewiston boat launch area.
Agents then received an additional report of a man yelling for help along the riverbank in the village of Lewiston, near Artpark.
Officers located the man along the riverbank- he was incoherent, hypothermic and unable to walk due to leg injuries.
He was turned over to Lewiston Police and EMS.
“The lifesaving rescue of this young man was the direct result of a quick response and a joint law enforcement effort,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Brady Waikel of the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station. “Protecting this nation and its citizens is what we do every day.”