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. Don Vito

    What are the chances that we could get bush, cheney and palin to come visit Niagra Falls?

    June 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      Not likely. Also, you're an idiot.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Vito

      @J – I would bet your entire checking account that my IQ is higher than the combined IQ's of bush, cheney and palin.

      But the question remains: how can we load up these guys into palin's bus and have an unfortunate "accident." Gives new meaning to the term waterboarded.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. superwhere?

    Where was Superman?

    June 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BELLE

      He fell of the horse, remember?

      June 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cindy

    Poor woman. I would like more of the story, though.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Osama Balogna Obama

    All you infidels will burn in He[_[_ !!!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jason

    @ Todd

    LOL!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Narny narny narnar

    Instant Karma

    June 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Narny narny narnar

    What ever happened to "The Milk of Human Kindness" ?? It's like Sir Paul says.... "To Live & Let Die". I guess if one of U critics lost your kid Sister over the Falls, you'd say "Dawinism Award"...... Yeah, RIGHT.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      I don't believe my sister would be stupid or suicidal enough. Of course I'm assuming she didn't get pushed or something similarly tragic.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jAztrazolo

      No one believes they or someone they love would ever get to the point where something terrible like this would happen. But that is the nature of tragedies such as this. The people that survive are left scratching their heads and wondering how this ever happened.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      My sister wouldn't be such a blithering moron as to get into the river, upstream of the falls, in the first place!

      How about, instead of a Darwin comment, I just say that the gene pool just got a little deeper??

      June 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Yet if you go through your life being devastated every time you read bad news, you're going to have a very miserable life.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    not sure what you thought would happen if you go over the falls, should be more careful next time

    June 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • thatguybill

      bet she wont do that again.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Duane Allen

    Would someone PLZ send CNN a decent picture of Niagara Falls!?! This is the best they can do... ? Hello, CNN... this is the Horseshoe Falls – you know... the Canadian side? There only have to be about 100 million photos of them taken every year... mostly in summer that plainly provide a perspective for the size of the falls. Try one with the Maid of the Mist near the base of the falls, they depart every 30 minutes.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Duh

      Maybe the pic is Horseshoe Falls because...I don't know...she went over HORSESHOE Falls. I am sure there are tons of nice Niagara pics...this one has to do with...hmmm...what's that called...THE STORY. RTF Article and stop whining!

      June 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Beritebak

      And also... the Canadian side is far more picturesque than the US side. Sorry, Merkins!!

      June 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • DunDunDUH!

      I believe the poster is in full realization that this is horseshoe falls and equally informed of what a poor choice of image it is for the story. DUH, you seem to be the only one confused here.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Afraid not...

      Indeed! And why did they use a photo with snow and ice? It's JUNE.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    Go to my News website toplinenews.webs.com

    June 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jack

      No

      June 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JulioF

      Hey Alex! Go read more at my website: fkoff.alex.com

      June 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zakia103

    So sorry to hear about this woman's tragic death. For those of you who make ignorant and unkind comments or jokes, SHAME ON YOU!!!! The news reports don't state how or why the woman was in the water at the falls, but before you speculate, ask yourself, how would you feel if it was a friend or a family member who lost their life, regardless of the reasons. You are truly heartless individuals.

    My condolences to the family of this woman.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Harry Bolzak

      High and mighty much?

      June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cynthia Rutherford

    IF SHE WAS A TEACHER,IT WASN,T A READING TEACHER. THERE ARE WARNING SIGNS NOT TO GO IN THE WATER.I SURE HOPE SHE IS RESTING IN PEACE.THAT WAS SOMEONES SISTER FRIEND DAUGHTERMAYBE WIFE AND MOTHER.POOR THING. I PRAY FOR HER FAMILY.AND ANYONE THAT TAKES THEIR OWN LIFE HAS GOT TO HAVE MENTAL ISSUES.NEVER KNOW ANYONE CAN SNAP.BUT NO ONE KNOWS SHE KILLED HERSELF SOI WOULD RATHE THINK SHE WAS SUIMMING AND SHE LOST HER FOOTING OR WHATEVER AND THE CURRENT WASHED HER OVER THE FALLS.THINK HOW SHE MUST HAVE FELT.SCARED

    June 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stargazer

      Turn off your caps lock and maybe someone will read your comment.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Beritebak

      And if it was a writing teacher, she didn't teach you to write, I'm quite certain. And CAPS LOCK on? First time on a PC is it? Finally chucked the old Olivetti manual? Go back to watching Golden Girl re-runs, it suits you better.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Saying...

      If your angry, just add an Astrick (*) to let the people who are going to read your comment know that your angry, don't CAPATILIZE EVERYTHING OR ELSE PEOPLE WON'T BE ABLE TO READ AND LOOSE INTEREST!!! just like i was doing not to long ago.
      Just Saying.....

      June 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krazy8

      Respond like a sane Human Being (e.g., with Caps off), and then perhaps someone will listen to your ranting.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. j t

    speaking as someone who grew up just 20 min from niagara falls, this is not a big news story - unfortunately it happens several times every year. my condolences to this family and all the others who have endured such a tragedy.
    and i agree – get a better pic of the falls cnn – preferably not a winter shot to be used in a june article.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al Beritebak

      It's one of CNN's famous "Getty Images". You know, "we getty them wherever we can findy them."

      June 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. faith

    honestly? be careful what you wish for there are plenty of wannabes out there.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Rob

    People around the world are dying of hunger, illness, and other tragedies they have no control over. I'm sure the authorities in charge of Niagara Falls have implemented several seemingly Darwin-proof measures to keep people from meeting their demise. I would rather have sympathies for a child that dies of hunger and illness than someone that found a way to get around the safety measures at Niagara Falls. Congrats for proving that Darwinian laws still exist.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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