Hamburg Police Identify Kite Surfer Who Died Wednesday

61-year-old Jeffrey Biehler identified

August 17, 2018 - 11:47 am

HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities have identified the man who died while kite surfing on Lake Erie in western New York earlier this week.

Police in the Erie County town of Hamburg on Friday identified the man as 61-year-old Jeffrey Biehler, of Hamburg.

Officials say police responded to a town beach on Wednesday afternoon following reports of a kite surfer in distress. Police and lifeguards tried to rescue Biehler but wind gusts pushed him farther from shore.

A town water rescue unit responded and recovered his body.

Police say it's unclear whether Biehler suffered a medical emergency or if his death was related to kite surfing.

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