A quick dash to get out of the rain may prove costly for a fisherman.
A police officer on patrol on July 24th in Holley, Orleans County, came upon a scene where it appeared a person had slid into the Erie Canal: A bicycle on the canal bank, along with flip-flops, fishing poles and beer cans. Slide marks into the waterway were also visible.
The Holley police officer called for backup and authorities started searching the water about 1:30 a.m., said Orleans County emergency dispatchers.
Ultimately, about 65 people - New York State Police, the Orleans County sheriff's dive team and firefighters from five area departments - were involved.
Search boats were brought in, as were a tracking dog from Niagara County and a helicopter.
The search ended just after 6 a.m. when the man authorities were looking for arrived at the scene unharmed, said Holley Police Chief William Murphy.