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60-year-old man overtaken by current, drowned in Niagara River

Posted at 7:55 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 20:40:28-04

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says there is an investigation into a drowning near Gratwick Park.

Officials responded to the Niagara River in the area of Gratwick Park just before 5 p.m. Friday for a possible boating accident.

Upon arrival officials say a man jumped off a vessel and into the river for a swim.

The sheriff's office says 60-year-old Bryce D. Shipman of Grand Island was overtaken by the fast moving current and went under the water for a short time.

He was found moments later by the operator of the boat and was transported to DeGraff Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No foul play is suspected.