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Chinese Man Rescued after Raft Overturns

By Mark Wozniak

Buffalo, NY – Authorities in Lewiston say a Chinese man trying to enter the U.S. illegally had to swim to shore after his raft overturned on the lower Niagara River early Wednesday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard and rescue crews joined a search after police were alerted that someone was in the water. A U.S. Border Patrol boat spotted the man in the water about 3:15am.

"It's a very treacherous current in that area. It's very difficult to navigate, let alone swim. So once he fell out of his boat, he was in serious trouble," said Border Patrol Assistant Chief Bill Adams.

The man was treated and released and is now in custody of the Border Patrol for questioning

Search and rescue teams were looking for a possible second rafter, Adams said. Authorities have not been able to confirm whether another person was involved, he said.