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. david reed

    This is the classic story, almost. The person who drives towards a tornado, or goes to the window when they hear gunfire outside, the high-wire act without a net, the tussle near the window in an 11 story Atlanta hotel, the guy who went swimming when all the red warning flags were out, the person who ignored the sign "Alligators present swim at your own risk" or "Do not feed the bears."

    June 2, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. KAinNY

    I live in Niagara Falls and am astounded at the arrogance and ignorance of many of these comments. The locals do NOT boat anywhere near the falls. Most of these accidents happen when the engine fails FAR upriver near or beyond the Grand Island bridge and the current carries them down before help can arrive. Often it is a tourist who rented a boat and doesn't understand the area even though there IS a huge sign that clearly warns of the Falls ahead and prohibits boating past that point. Sometimes it's a matter of people falling in and they can't get out. The water moves much faster than it looks. You can't get a grip on the bottom because the rock is as slick as glass. Some are lucky enough to find a crack to wedge their foot into in order to hang on until rescue. Sometimes it's a matter of suicide – they choose to go over as it is guaranteed to succeed. But for you to sit there and say how stupid they are, etc – YOU HAVE NO IDEA what happened. The investigation still is not complete. Bottom line is, most of the time it is accidental and NOT from stupidity. Every one of you needs to grow up and at least try to acquire some compassion – "There but for the grace of God go I."

    June 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. colleen burns

    so many of these comments were personal. why are so many of you being so cruel to one another? yes, you do have the right to your opinion,but so many of you didn't even comment on the article at all. it is so sad that so many of youdidn't even mention that no matter what, ahuman being lost her life. you judged her, and the facts haven't even been published! no matter the cause, she lost her life. this is your world and what did you do today to make it better!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Who Dat Nation

      Human beings crucified GOD ALMIGHTY when He came to this Earth as a man!!! What do you really expect from Humans??

      June 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cristal H

    It is amazing to see the comments that people post, that have nothing to do with the story. I am sure that there are different places that you can post this kind of stuff on. The comment section here is for comments about the above article. It is a shame that people are so disrespectful.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Georgia

    I happened to know this woman who was swept over the falls the other day. I have known her for about 5 years now. I have sat down and talked with her also and she certainly was a warmhearted woman to talk to and a very intelligent person. This is something that I never would have expected her to do, but she had demons in her head and she had and had known that she had problems in her life. Yes, I understand everyone has problems, but she sure did hide it well in front of all of us who did know her. What she didn't realize that her children are now alone with no Mom or Dad in their lives and what she didn't think of was all of her friends and family and how they now have to cope with her being gone. I am very saddened to know that this was not her calling in life and that God didn't want her to go this way. She could have gotten help and would still be here with us, but she took the cowardly way out. I am angry and saddened and still can't believe that I won't see her again. RIP friend.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    And splosh! A perfect 10 for the perfect corpse with a quadruple suicide high dive! (or just really drunk)

    June 3, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Buffalo dUDE

    Please. everyone turn off your computers, it is a beautiful day outside. Enjoy it instead of wasting you time here.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buffalo dUDE

    The ladies love the Niagara Falls: 59 percent of the jumpers are male and 41 percent female, which is highly unusual, in that female suicides account for just 24 percent of the nationwide total.

    BODY COUNT: 2,780 known

    (approx. 23 per year)

    3rd right behind Mount Fuji and Golden GAte Bridge.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris Honry

    People should have to have a permit to go near a waterfall. It's the only way to protect society from this menace.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • pfelds

      agreed. same goes for cliffs over 25 feet, tall trees, the ocean, any body of water bigger than a bathtub, quicksand, mountains, tar-pits, buildings over 3 stories, parks without paved paths, zoos, soldier field, bridges, subway platforms and stairwells, airplanes, ferries, shopping on black Friday, little league baseball, jungle gyms, and freeway on ramps with those stupid stoplights that meter traffic.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I think its more like the Darwin Theory. Survival of the smartest or fittest. If she had lived, she'd probably have sued someone because she was able to put herself in danger.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • starg8zer

      Permits?!? Are you kidding me? These retards are not a menace. Their sheer stupidity helps to clean out the gene pool.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mo

    The reason it's a bad idea to argue with a moron, is nobody can tell the difference.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dwane

    That sucks.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ceecee

    When we visited the falls we were surprised at how fast the water was moving and how the grass curved down to the water. Very dangerous place. Nothing romantic about it. How can they make it safer?

    June 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SBrown

      They can make it safer by blowing the falls up with a hydrogen bomb.

      June 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • um?

      Make it safer? Um, Considering that this is a natural body of water, the only thing to do is for people to use common sense and to act safely around it in order to prevent injuries or deaths.

      June 5, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      We were at the Falls recently (fist ever visit.) Even though I knew it was going to be impressive, I was still awed by the sheer volume of water and the power of it all. It was awesome. I was also surprised, but very happy, at how close they let the public get to the water. The only way to make it ultra safe is to also prohibit visitors from appreciating the spectacle. Ya know, there is such a thing as common sense. Even as close as they let you get, you'd have to TRY to put yourself in the utmost precarious situation. You can't just stand there admiring the Falls and accidentally fall in. I say leave everything just as it is, BUT there should be some safeguards further up in the feeder water where those boaters had a scare.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Umm

    Nice try?

    June 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mystereo

    Damn, this lady left without her barrel.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      LOL – mystereo, thanks for the laugh.

      June 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    How does CNN have affiliates? WGRZ is an NBC station and WIVB is CBS.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • ThomasM195

      Lots of stations across our country have CNN news instead of producing their own program.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
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