Contractor for Buffalo Sewer Authority presumed dead after falling down a well


Fire Commissioner William Renaldo said they aren’t sure what the contractor was doing when he fell in but he was not anchored to the ground or wearing a life vest. They had hoped he could have gotten snagged on something but after several hours of searching, they moved to recovery.

“It’s a very intricate intake system, that meanders into a lot of different areas, so it’s a very difficult process to find out where he could have been. We took every step imaginable to locate him. We were hoping he was in an area of safe refuge, but we don’t think that’s the case,” said Renaldo. 

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A private contractor working for the Buffalo Sewer Authority who fell into a well at the authority’s pumping station on Bird Island late Thursday morning is missing and presumed dead, Buffalo police said.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 11 a.m., Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said.

The worker fell about 15 feet into the water, which extended down another 30 or 35 feet, Fire Commissioner William Renaldo said.

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The well into which the worker fell is connected to the sewer authority’s “intricate” intake system and eventually to the Niagara River, Rinaldo said.

It was a difficult process to determine where the worker may have been in the system, he said.

The police department’s underwater rescue and recovery team was called to the scene, as was the

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