ROCHESTER, N.Y.- A construction worker fell into the Genesee River and drowned this morning, while he was while working on a project near Rochester’s High Falls. His identity has not been released by police.
Police said at 8:35 a.m., the worker, employed by The Pike Company, was working on a project beneath the Inner Loop bridge when the boat flipped and he went into the water.
According to Time Warner Cable News, another construction worker tried to rescue the man while others called 911. Distraught co-workers gathered and prayed as scuba divers searched. Rochester Gas and Electric also slowed down the flow of the water.
Police closed the Inner Loop in both directions for 2 1/2 hours, and around 10:30 a.m., divers pulled the body of a man from the water.
The work is part of an ongoing DOT project to repair the Inner Loop bridge, which goes over the river and Brown’s Race.
Federal OSHA investigators will look into the accident, which Pike calls the most serious in the company’s 142 years.