Monday night around 11 p.m. the call came in of a disabled boat drifting down the river towards the massive Niagara Falls. After hitting a reef and becoming adrift, the boaters were able to notify the Coast Guard that their 18-foot boat was slowly heading towards the falls with no rescue in sight.
Unfortunately at the time there were high winds and the hazardous rescue was unable to proceed with the planned helicopter approach. After two and a half hours of unsuccessful attempts to reach the drifting boat, officials at nearby hydropower plants used dams to lower the level of the Niagara, grounding the small boat about a half a mile from the drop offs.
With winds still preventing any attempts by helicopter to reach the stranded craft, the NY State Police were able to send a rescue boat and reach the vessel, bringing the Buffalo man and woman ashore.