BREAKING NEWS: The Buffalo police URRT is responding to a water rescue call in the vicinity of the foot of Ferry & Bird Island. Additional first responders are also on scene.
— Buffalo Police Dept (@BPDAlerts) October 22, 2020
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.