- Associated Press - Monday, October 16, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Police in upstate New York say the search for a missing Buffalo Police Department diver is no longer a rescue mission.

The search was suspended Sunday because of weather conditions making it too dangerous for rescue divers in the Niagara River. WGRZ-TV reports the Buffalo Police Department acknowledged Sunday the search for Officer Craig Lehner is no longer a search and rescue mission, but a recovery mission.

The U.S. Coast Guard says Lehner went missing around 1 p.m. Friday during a training exercise. Several agencies have been involved in the search.

Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says the chances of somebody surviving the water’s conditions are all but non-existent.

The search will resume Monday morning.

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Information from: WGRZ-TV, https://www.wgrz.com


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