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. Kilroy

    So very sad.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. jmc

    Wow what was she doing how does this happen

    June 1, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Auntie Warhol

      You get in the water, its relentless surge carries you away, and over you go. Life is not an amusement park ride. Unfortunate things happen when people do stupid things.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoS

      Yeah but why does anyone with even half a functioning brain get in the water near a waterfall? If it's not foul play, then it seems like Darwinism at work here.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      @ SoS
      She was after me Lucky Charms!

      June 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • eq

      go the american side of the falls and observe how easy it is to slip into the water. once u r in u r dead unless u get VERY LUCKY to get caught on a rock. but could still die of hypothermeria before getting rescued.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charlie

    Wow! This is LATE, considering this was reported locally YESTERDAY!! It is sad that she passed on like that, but she also should have known better than to be IN the Falls in the first place. We have PLENTY of warnings, around this time each year, and people just like to jump in and swim.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Because it's not really that important on a global scale.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lucy

    I want to know why she was in the water in the first place. When you say "swept" do you mean like the wind pushed her in?

    June 1, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      My dear . . . apparently you have never seen Niagara Falls. Swept, flushed, catapulted.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoz

      I HAVE seen the falls and "swept" still deserves further explanation. Arrogance is so unappealing...darling.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Not to mention that "swept to death" is not correct. She was swept over Niagara Falls to her death or she died after being swept over Niagara Falls. But swept to death?

      June 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdfkjadsf

      her is implied? wow.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. person

    NIAGARA FALLS! Slowly I turn! Step by step! Inch by inch.....

    June 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fupped Duck

      On her way to the Susquehanna Hat Company!!!!

      June 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Operator, get me Susquehanna 2222!

      June 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Very funny.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thom

    This is not unusual. What is unusual is that it's being reported at all. I work in Nia Falls, and it's quite the hotspot for a quick and cheap suicide. Usually, if the facts are unclear, it is not mentioned on the local news.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Yes, it is cheap, quick, and illegal.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DonnyBizz

    How about an up-to-date picture....its currently in he mid 80's here in buffalo and niagara falls....LMAO

    June 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CMP


      June 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • traumaqueenRN

      That was the first thing I thought too! It was 90 degrees here yesterday. It might snow here about 7 months out of the year, but please, not in June too!

      June 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ellis

    Good post geoz,thank you.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • pauletteb

      Sorry, but Geoz's post was equally arrogant. Anyone with a command of the English language (or a dictionary) would understand that "swept" in this context means "moved along swiftly, violently, or overwhelmingly."

      June 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Linda

    Those falls are intimidating but beautiful and awesome. Unless you want to die just the sight and sound of the falls will keep you out.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    Where was Superman?

    June 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Bangin Lois with a kryptonite condom.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      One of the funniest articles I ever read was about Superman banging Lois.....and why it could never happen. "Man of steel, woman of kleenex". LOL

      August 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nikonharry

    The Susquehanna Hat Company !!!!! The Susquehanna Hat Company !!!!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPEN......... :0)

    June 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    A rogue wave swept her out of a tourist trap while looking a post cards of barrels that went over the falls.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kristin

    Taken from the Toronto Sun..."The woman, in her 50s, was swimming in the Niagara River before she was swept into the water below and likely drowned, he said."

    Obviously the current pulled her over. I've been to Niagara Falls and the upper part of the river is a dam with an old power plant on the bank. The water has such great currents pulling towards the falls; no one can survive swimming against that current, let alone the gravity of the falls itself and the currents in the lower river.

    Too bad CNN could not get that part of the story off the AP wires, would have cleared the article up tremendously.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoS

      Aren't there warning signs about swimming near the falls? I mean, I realize that common sense should prevail wheteher there are signs or not. Everyone knows that there are stronger currents near waterfalls. This is Darwinism at work.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      SoS- I agree with you.. she was either quite stupid or was using this as the means to end her life. If not, she's SOL. In my life, I have learned very few people are born with or use common sense....

      June 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Karla

    Every year about 25 people kill themselves going over the Falls. It's second only to the Golden Gate Bridge as a scenic suicide destination. Suicide season begins around Memorial Day. Sad, but true. According to a study that was done in the American Journal of Public Health–about 59% of the jumpers are men, 41% women. Average age is 38/39.

    Not surprising–and pretty typical.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lobbyistgrl

    "Foul play was not suspected." Nope. Just clumsiness.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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