A number of Police agencies including the Erie County Sheriff's Office are searching the Niagara River in the area of the South Grand Island Bridge for a missing swimmer.

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WIVB-TV reports Erie County Sheriffs are searching for a man who they say went missing after going swimming near the south Grand Island Bridge Tuesday.

According to the sheriff’s department, officers received reports of a man that went swimming in the east branch of the Niagara River but did not make it back to the shore.

Investigators say that two men entered the water from a Grand Island dock and tried to swim to a bridge pylon when the first man lost sight of the second swimmer.

The Sheriff’s Office dispatched their Marine Unit, Air-1 helicopter for the rescue efforts, and members of the SWAT team also reportedly deployed a drone.  The Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team was also on scene.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is receiving assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard as well as the City of Tonawanda Police and the Grand Island Fire Department.

FBNY Twitter page had this video this afternoon...

This is a developing story...more information as it becomes available.

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