Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) reported that a body has been recovered since a man went missing after going swimming near the south Grand Island Bridge Tuesday.

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According to the Sheriff’s department, officers received reports of a man that went swimming in the east branch of the Niagara River but did not make it back to the shore.

Investigators say that two men entered the water from a Grand Island dock and tried to swim to a bridge pylon when the first man lost sight of the second swimmer.


The Sheriff’s Office dispatched the Marine Unit, Air-1, for the rescue efforts, and members of the SWAT team deployed a drone. The Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team also responded to the scene.

The search was paused on Tuesday night due to diminishing daylight and safety concerns, but it continued Wednesday morning, aided by the Marine Unit of the Niagara County Sheriffs Office and other agencies.

Around 11 a.m., Wednesday morning the Erie County Sheriff’s Office found a male body downriver from where the swimmer went missing.

UPDATE:  The individual has been identified as Nathan Farkas, 37 of North Tonawanda.