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

The man, in his 30s, told police he had left the area quickly - leaving his personal items behind - when it started to rain on Thursday night, Murphy said.

Murphy said no criminal charges have been filed, but said the man could be billed for some of the expenses incurred in the search.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle filed this report.

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