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Man rescued on Niagara River by Niagara Jet Adventures tour crew

Posted at 8:39 PM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 23:27:34-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara Jet Boat Adventures is known for providing tourists with adrenaline-pumping rides through the Niagara River. On Monday afternoon, those on board had their adrenaline pumping for another reason.

At around 4:40 p.m., a crew from Niagara Jet Boat Adventures assisted in a water rescue.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a man was in the water after his personal watercraft, which authorities say was a Jet Ski, overturned in the Niagara River near the Whirlpool State Park. A crew from Niagara Jet Boat Adventures assisted in the rescue.

Captain Lloyd Schrack tells 7 Eyewitness News that his crew was on the jet boat with 23 people on board when he noticed an overturned personal watercraft just south of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Schrack says his training kicked in and he went to find the missing person by following the current downstream.

After the man was pulled to safety, he was treated for shock and hypothermia, and transported to Mount Saint Mary's Hospital, according to the Coast Guard.

Captain Shrack says the man was wearing a personal flotation device and stresses the importance of wearing one that is in proper condition while in the water. He also says boaters need to be aware of the dangers of the lower Niagara River.

Captain Schrack doesn’t want to be called a hero, he says he was simply doing his job.