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Swimmer who went missing from Niagara River Tuesday identified

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 08:25:23-04

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — The swimmer who went missing in the river near the south Grand Island Bridges has been identified as 37 year old Nathan Farkas of North Tonawanda.

A search team consisting of multiple agencies recovered a body from the east branch of the Niagara River Wednesday.

According to the Erie County Sheriff's Office, two male swimmers entered the water from a dock and attempted to swim to a bridge pylon. It was then noticed that one of the swimmers was no longer visible.

Officials say the man was last seen near around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, around 11 a.m. Wednesday the search team located and recovered a male body downriver from the bridges.

The sheriff's office said the search was paused for the evening Tuesday "due to diminishing daylight and safety concerns," and resumed Wednesday.