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May 1, 2013

Jet boats conquer the rapids all the way to the falls

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Tonawanda News — “I’ve never seen anything like that,” Lt. Moriarity added, noting that neither jet boats nor other craft had ventured that far through the rapids and under the bridges.

Shortly after the initial alarm was sounded, a number of first responders were on the scene including the U.S. Coast Guard-Station Niagara, state park police and their counterparts on the Ontario side, and the Border Patrol. At first, the law enforcement officers could only speculate on what they were dealing with: stunters, smugglers, or errant boaters simply unfamiliar with the river. Each jet boat was piloted by two people and none of the four reported suffering any injuries from the turbulent ride. 

One of the jet boats was registered in Idaho and the other in Oregon, authorities said. When Fox and Bohnenkamp acquire their new 33-seat vessels, they will then apply for a certificate of inspection and undergo the regulatory process before they can begin commercial operations. The investors are reportedly discussing plan to offer trips for $60 per person.

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