Niagara County Sheriff’s Office: One man dead after being overtaken by current in Niagara River

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UPDATE: 2:47 p.m. July 25: The person who drowned in the Niagara River on Friday has been identified as Bryce D. Shipman, 60, of Grand Island.

The incident is still under investigation.

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A person is dead after being swept under the current in the Niagara River Friday afternoon.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a possible boating accident just before 5 p.m. Friday.

According to sheriff’s reports, an occupant of a mid-sized boat that was anchored just east of Gratwick Park jumped off the vessel for a swim and was overtaken by the fast-moving current, going under the water for a short time.

He was taken to DeGraff Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His name is being withheld until the family is notified, and the investigation is ongoing.

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