The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — To ensure the safety of boating traffic on the Buffalo River, Coast Guard personnel are continuing to monitor this morning the response to debris that fell into the river Friday night near Ganson Street. Ontario Specialty Contracting, a demolition company, reported debris falling into the river after the company demolished the former grain elevator near the waterfront.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel from Sector Buffalo and Station Buffalo immediately responded to assess the situation and ensure that there were no immediate hazards to maritime safety.
At present, the waterway is open to maritime vessels, with no restrictions to vessel traffic. However, as crews begin to salvage the debris, mariners are advised to proceed cautiously and monitor their marine radios on FM Channel 16 for any marine information broadcasts.
â€œMy concern is that we fully assess the site and work closely with our partner agencies and Ontario Specialty Contracting to ensure a safe and effective recovery of the debris and the restoration of safe navigation on the Buffalo River,â€ stated Capt. Steve Wischmann, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo.