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Rescue mission transitions to recovery mission one day after car goes into Niagara River

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 16:16:05-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo police announced Wednesday the rescue mission for two people in the Niagara River has transitioned into a recovery mission after the report of a car going into the river Tuesday.

Police said security footage showed a car going through a fence and into the Niagara River around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday near the foot of West Ferry in Broderick Park. According to police, the vehicle appeared to be either a white or silver Dodge Caravan with a dent below the bottom of the front passenger side door.

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Witnesses said two people were screaming for help in the water, last seen near Unity Island.

In an update around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday police said it was still a rescue mission. It was announced in an update around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday that it transitioned to a recovery mission.

According to police, witnesses at the scene described the two victims as one Black man wearing a black shirt, and a Hispanic man with a white beard and wearing a green or camouflage jacket.

Anyone with information regarding either the vehicle or the men are urged to call Buffalo police.