August 27, 2014 9:10 am

2 rescued from disabled boat near brink of Niagara Falls

WATCH: Nighttime Coast Guard helicopter rescue of two boaters whose disabled vessel drifted close to the brink of Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Authorities say two boaters were less than a half-mile from the brink of Niagara Falls when they were rescued from their disabled vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

Coast Guard officials say their Buffalo station received a call around 9:15 p.m. Monday reporting a 19-foot motor boat with two people aboard was anchored in the Niagara River less than 2,000 feet from the falls.

An air crew from the Coast Guard air station in Detroit was dispatched to the scene, along with a Coast Guard vessel from Buffalo and boat crews from state and local police.

The river’s shallow depth prevented the vessels from reaching the anchored boat. The Coast Guard helicopter rescued the two boaters shortly before midnight.

The boat remains on the river. The owner is arranging salvage with a commercial service company.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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