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Dramatic boat rescue near the brink of the Falls

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 11:02:35-04

Coast Guard crews rescued two people aboard an 18-foot boat on the upper Niagara River just south of Goat Island late Sunday night.

The operator called for help after their boat became disabled and started to drift very close to Niagara Falls.

After receiving the GPS location from the operator, crews ordered the operator to anchor immediately.

Crews requested the water levels to be lowered, which caused the disabled vessel to ground just south of Goat Island, where they were able to anchor and stop the vessel's drift toward the falls.

Shortly after, it was reported that the anchors were no longer holding and the boat was being held in place only by its engine's lower unit.

Finally, a NYSPP crews was able to successfully float a tow line to the vessel. Both persons were taken off the vessel safely and it was towed to shore.

There were no reports of injuries.