HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) - A man who was pulled from Lake Erie in Hamburg on Wednesday night has died.
Hamburg police were called to the area behind Hoak's Restaurant around 8 p.m. to investigate reports of a man on a raft in distress. On arrival, they worked with a water rescue team to recover the man. He was found near the raft.
The man, now identified as 50-year-old Robert Maccubbin, was taken to Mercy Hospital where he later died. Police are continuing to investigate what caused the incident.
The U.S. Coast Guard provided tips for water safety:
On safety, @USCG says wearing a life jacket is rule no. 1: “Most deaths occur near to shore... within a few feet from safety. Many of these victims could have been saved if they were wearing a life jacket.” @WKBW
Some of the tips @USCG is sharing today: wear a life vest, don’t drink while on the water, have all the proper equipment handy while on the water, be aware of conditions, and let someone know when you’re going out on the water. Check out the Coast Guard app for more info. @WKBW