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Lockport Cave back open for business

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After a two-month closure stemming from a boat capsize that killed one man, the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride has reopened, the business said Sunday.

The business announced in a Facebook post that it is once again accepting bookings for its throwback, lantern lit and guided walking tours.

The cave had been closed since mid-June, when the city’s building department deemed it unsafe due to exposed electrical wires.

The exposed wires were discovered as part of the city’s investigation to a June 12 accident in which a tour boat capsized, injuring several people and claiming the life of Niagara Falls businessman Harshad Shah, who police say was trapped underneath the boat.

“The staff and management of the Lockport Cave would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this unique and difficult period,” read a message on the Lockport Cave’s website.

In July, News 4 reported that several customers whose tours were canceled during the closure — including tours that were booked after the June capsize — were still waiting for refunds without being able to contact the business.

Justin McMullen is a Western New York native who joined the News 4 team in 2023. You can read more of his work here.