A seaplane practicing takeoffs and landings near the Lake Erie shore in Hamburg caused a brief stir Friday.
At about 2:15 p.m., word came over emergency radio channels that authorities were investigating reports of a small plane in the lake at Route 5 and Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg.
The Lake View Fire Department responded, along with a water rescue team, and word came back of a small seaplane in the water with a man standing on the wing or the side of the plane.
Fire crews put the water rescue team back in service and late-arriving firefighters began driving to the scene without lights and sirens on, a sign the pilot was not in distress.
A fire department dispatcher later told The Buffalo News the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings.