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Orleans County Rescuers Call Off Search of Canal After Man Turns Up

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.

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