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A Boat Capsized at Underground of Erie Canal Killing 1, Hospitalized 11

A tour boat capsized at the underground Erie Canal in the western New York city of Lockport on Monday, killing 1 person and injuring 11 other people. The injured have been transported to a local hospital. These 29 people on the tour boat were thrown into the water about 5-6 feet deep when the boat capsized. All 29 people from the hospitality company came together to tour this historical water canal blasted out in the 19 century to transport the channel as an industrial power source.

All the passengers were hospitality employees from across Niagara County. According to AP, some passengers could jump into the water for their own safety, and Rescue crews used inflated boats to rescue about 16 people, Lockport Fire Chief Luca Quagliano said.

Jeremy Swiatowy, 42, watched as rescue workers breached the wall to the tunnel with a sledgehammer before shimmying through the hole to reach people inside. “The water in the caves is super cold,” he said. When rescuers reached the boat, some passengers had climbed on top of its upturned hull, Quagliano said at a news conference.

Authority didn’t release the name of the person who died in the incident. His wife was taken to a hospital. A total of 11 people were brought to hospitals, mostly with minor injuries, the fire chief said. Nobody onboard had a life jacket or life preserver, authorities said, and it was unclear whether they were required or offered. According to Lockport Mayor Michelle Roman, this attraction will be closed until the investigation is done.

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