A Buffalo Sector U.S. Border Patrol agent and a marina owner acted quickly to rescue an elderly man who fell into the Niagara River on Grand Island Saturday morning according to WIVB-TV.

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Bystanders saw the 88-year-old man fall into the River at Blue Water Marina around 11:15 a.m. Saturday and flagged down a Border Patrol agent. The man had been fishing and lost his footing.

According to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the agent and the marina owner located the man and rescued him from the freezing water. The agent provided first aid until EMS arrived on the scene and took the man to the hospital for further evaluation.

“This is a great example of the community and law enforcement working together to save lives, said Patrol Agent in Charge Jeffery T. Wilson. “The Niagara River can be treacherous and deadly this time of the year with frigid-temperatures that are hovering around 44 degrees.”


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