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VIDEO: Buffalo water rescue crews pull dog from Niagara River in moments

Posted at 4:33 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 16:33:50-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Fire and Police worked quickly Sunday night to rescue a dog from the Niagara River in Broderick Park.

The call came in just after 6:20 p.m. for a man and a dog in the water after a kayak flipped over.

Police soured say there were children and another adult that were able to get to safety, but it appears the dog swam off and had to be rescued from the waters.

By 6:30 p.m. just 10 minutes after getting the call, everyone had been pulled to safety.

This is a known dangerous stretch of the Niagara River, and the same area two men drowned just a year ago.

Jason Medola owns Elevator Alley Kayak in Buffalo, he says while it’s not uncommon for families to hit the water, many skip safety basics like life vests.

His shop even carries life vests for dogs

Mendola says watching the weather apps, and the coast guard warning radio stations are imperative before hitting the water daily.

“Weather can change on a dime in Buffalo,” he said.

He added, you must know where you’re going and you should also make sure someone else — not on the trip — knows your direction, too, in case of an emergency.