posted on May 03, 2013 07:45
A dangerous water rescue from the swollen Tonawanda Creek at Indian falls.
17-year-old Matthew Kwiatkowski of West Seneca fell from a small cliff last night and landed on a ledge just above the water behind the Log Cabin Restaurant.
Don Newton is Chief of the East Pembroke Fire Department his Assistant Chief is Stephen Smelski.
Both are members of the East Pembroke Water Rescue Team.
Smelski, speaking with WBTA News Partner The Batavian, explained that normally a team of four or more would attempt a rescue like the one last night., but Smelski said he and his chief believed their victim couldn’t wait:
"We were fighting the water the whole way to just to even get to him. The undertow in that area is tremendous. We had to fight just to get to the area where we could get to him and talk with him. When we got close to the boy they could see his legs were shaking from exposure to the cold water. We didn't know how much longer he could hold on"
Kwiatkowski was flown to ECMC with a back injury.
Deputies said the teenager was at the falls with three friends…they were able to climb to safety. Charges may be pending.
UPDATE: Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says Friday afternoon that no charges are warranted. That because the only charges would have Trespass, but the area isn’t posted and no one was asked to leave the property by the owner prior to the incident. He also says it’s common for people to enter and swim in the area.
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Approval by the Economic Development Center Board came despite public opposition expressed at a hearing earlier this week by members of the newly formed Libertarian committee.
Most complained that the tax incentives amount to corporate welfare.
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Marina Zeppetella was found yesterday, unharmed, near the Pembroke Thruway exit on Route 77.
Police say Zeppetella left Albion willingly with an adult man who was taken into custody for questioning.
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