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Amherst man killed in Niagara County boating accident

Jason Stubla, 40, of Amherst, was recovered from the water and pronounced dead at the scene.

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. — The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal boating accident that happened Saturday morning in the Town of Pendleton.

The sheriff's office says three people were on the boat when it hit an object in the Tonawanda Creek just before 7:30 a.m. near 5484 Tonawanda Creek Road. The boat then veered across the creek and crashed onto an embankment on the south shore.

Two women were injured in the crash and had exited the damaged boat; however, deputies say their friend had fallen out of the boat when it hit a metal support beam of a covered boat launch.

Several volunteer fire companies and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Marine Division and dive team conducted a search for Jason Stubla, 40, of Amherst. Stubla was recovered from the water and pronounced dead at the scene. 

Both women were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The sheriff's office says the investigation is ongoing.