police diver

Daniela Porat

Public safety divers like the Buffalo Police underwater recovery unit are supposed to take their training slow. For example, experts say the norm in training how to dive in swift currents is to start in water that’s moving somewhere between one and four knots. But on the day Officer Craig Lehner trained in the Niagara River last October, the currents were eight to 12 knots.


Avery Schneider/WBFO News

Officer Craig Lehner’s death in October during a training dive for the police Underwater Recovery Team in the Niagara River brought about an outpouring grief. Investigative Post’s reporting suggests inadequate training and equipment contributed to Lehner’s drowning.


Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

A massive search effort was set to continue overnight for a Buffalo Police diver missing in the waters of the Niagara River.