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Missing Lake Erie swimmer located, rescued

A swimmer who went missing for more than 30 minutes in Lake Erie, was found and rescued on Sunday afternoon by emergency crews near Point Gratiot.

The major search began when the swimmer reportedly went missing around 3:20 p.m. According to scanner reports, the subject was seen near the cliffs close to the Dunkirk Lighthouse.

Once the search began, the swimmer was spotted in the water at the base of the cliffs by Dunkirk Boat 1. The male patient was hoisted back up the cliffs with assistance from the Chautauqua County Tech Rescue Team and transported to Brooks Hospital by Dunkirk Fire for evaluation.

The swimmer, according to scanner reports, was in his 20s.

The City of Dunkirk was assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Boat, Water Emergency Team, Tech Rescue team, and Fire Police.

No other injuries were reported, and all apparatus was back by 5:45 p.m.

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