Woman swept to death over Niagara Falls
The Horseshoe Falls is pictured during winter 2009.
June 1st, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Woman swept to death over Niagara Falls

A woman was killed when she was swept over Niagara Falls, according to news reports.

Witnesses said the woman appeared to be alive as she approached the brink of the Horseshoe Falls about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, reported CNN affiliate WIVB-TV in Buffalo, New York.

The Maid of the Mist, the vessel that takes tourists to the foot of the falls in the Niagara River, dispatched a boat to help her, but she was dead when it reached her, according to the WIVB report.

The woman has not been identified, and her death is under investigation by the Niagara Parks police and Niagara Regional Police, according to a report in the Niagara Gazette. Foul play was not suspected, WIVB reported.

On Monday, two men in a small boat came within 700 feet of the brink of the falls before they were pulled to safety, CNN affiliate WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reported. The motor failed on the men's boat, and the current carried them toward the falls before rescuers were able to hook the craft with a rescue line, according to the report.

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  1. Marc

    here is a video clip of the event :

    June 9, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jennifer

      This looks like it was on Al Jazeera. Was this lady a terrorist?

      June 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marc

    June 9, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Marc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9EXf_B8YTQ The actual original video clip of the woman in the water going over the edge CNN hasn't bought yet.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. The Hammer

    Lot's of dimwits on this post..... It sucks donkey di*ks to be in the position she was in to jump over the falls. It's funny to see all the trolls climbing out of the wood work to make their remarks, ahh the advent of internet anonimity. Before the internet these fools were unheard of, which was a benefit to all. Condolences to the family... Too bad she couldn't be talked out of it.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. GMoM

    so sad you think like this ........ judgement say will come for all of us believe it or not !!!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Pandakannon

    Jennifer, you mean, your subconcious mind took over since your were most likey unconcious and you "dreamed" you saw heaven in your subconcious panic of "omg i'm dead". Nut.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. James

    We don't care if you believe in God. What is more important is .... Does God believe in you?

    June 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dave

    Thank you, I have been waiting for someone called "pinball Wizard" to explain the meaning of life to me. Besides your existence, what makes you say there is not God?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Douglas

    People. People. People. And I use that term loosely on the scale of evolution. Some of the comments I have seen tonight seem to have been written by ones that swim in the shallow end of the gene pool. Where is the compassion we should have for our brother and sister. I am an only child and do know this lady nor her husband but they are my brother and sister in humankind. On the page I read no where did it say outright that she committed suicide. She had just lost her husband. We don't know what emotional state she was in. I lost my wife of 30 years some 15 months ago and I still wander around in a fog some times. But, I have 4 daughters and a son (40–45 yrs) and 12 grandkids as my support group. It is not said what she has as a support group. So, my closing thoughts are, GOD HAVE MERCY ON HER SOUL.

    June 11, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Guest

    Don't feed the trolls!

    June 11, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Rob

    Holy Mary mother of god pray for us siners now & at the time of our death. Amen

    June 15, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. there is no god

    there is not god. period. enough said.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. larry c. lyons

    Near Death Experience as proof. C'mon get real. Its been shown years ago that NDE's are just hallucinations triggered by neurchemicals.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. D for Dummy

    Video and pictures available on http://www.dfordummy.com

    June 20, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. larry l

    listen people i have lived here all my life,ever since the 2 casinos have been in action there have been plenty of suicides in the area,and the easiest is to take a leap into the drink ,its sad but people blow the morg.payment,bill money and when they get all jammed up they jump,most of news like this is kept out of local paper ,it looks bad on a tourist city

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
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