Police: Jetski operator missing in Niagara River incident has drowned

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The City of Tonawanda Police have said in a statement that a missing jetskier has drowned.  

The man went missing after what was initially thought to be a collision between a jetski and a boat, according to the statement. 

Police now believe the incident was caused by a wake that threw two people off the jetski. The two people were then struck by a boat.

The incident happened in the Niagara River near Niawanda Park on Sunday afternoon. 

The jetski operator, 51-year-old Ahmed Umar of Lackawanna, has been pronounced dead. 

The other person on the jetski was an eight-year-old female family member of Umar. She suffered a cut on her foot. 

The driver of the boat was a 59-year-old man from Niagara Falls. 

The City of Tonawanda Fire, Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, and the Coast Guard are engaged in this search. 

A search for for Umar is ongoing. 

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