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Manhunt underway for two men who slipped into the U.S. by way of Lake Ontario

Niagara County Sheriff Deputies are on a manhunt for two individuals believed to have slipped into the U.S. by way of Lake Ontario.

Deputies are working with agents from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police and Niagara Regional Police as they try to track the two individuals.

Officials say a charter boat picked up two at a marina in Queenston, Ontario, late Tuesday morning for what was thought to be a fishing trip on Lake Ontario. After about 2 hours on the water, the charter boat captain was ordered at knifepoint to take the men to shore in the U.S. They were dropped off just east of Fort Niagara, where they fled on foot.

Both men are said to be in their 20s. One is six feet tall and about 175 pounds wearing a blue coat and white Eskimo hat. The other male was described as 5'11" tall and 200 pounds wearing a black sweater, black track pants and white Nike sneakers. Both men were described as having French accents.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can call the Niagara County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 438-3394 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 438-3327.