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. mkjp

    I will never understand why people with no intention of going over the falls would be in the water on that river AT ALL. talk about a death wish.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • donutman

      you actually believe she had no intention of going over?...there's at least 10 suicides a year here, sometimes more...she's one of them

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

      Your a tool

      June 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Completely False

      Agreed. Toolbox.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Passed 3rd Grade

      They went over the difference between "you're" and "your" in third grade.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pauletteb

    "Swept to Her Death over Niagara Falls" would have been a more accurate headline.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      yeah right now it sounds like someone attacked her with a broom.
      Terrible headline CNN.

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


      June 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • donutman

      picky picky

      June 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rin

      And just who is "her"? The CNN headline makes more sense. I give back your 2 cents, nobody wants it.

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

      No, adding the word "her" to the headline is the most accurate. Otherwise, as fran glass points out, it implies that she was attacked by a broom. This is another "Time to eat, grandma" vs. "Time to eat grandma" situation!!!

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

      if ppl actually thought, the word swept duznt always mean broom

      June 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJ

      Agreed. I thought she died by an attack guard broom they have there.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. trex

    so sad

    June 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa

    good one!

    June 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thenextstep

    Go back and watch the Marilyn Monroe movie....................I forget the name.of it now... Sorry.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Werewolf

      Umm... You mean "Niagra" ?

      June 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe B-b-b-b-bob

      No, it's "Niagara."

      June 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Friendly Doorstop

      And, to further clarify: It's Viagra, not Viagara. Believe me, you don't want nuthin' to do with someone who's taken Viagara.....

      June 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      no its viagra

      June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      no it's Darth Vder

      June 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George K

    Maybe she had just seen that new indiana jones movie where they go over a waterfall 3 times and live lol

    June 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kindasorta

    I think the name of the Marilyn Monroe movie was called Niagra.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      nope, it was NiagAra. There are three a's in the word, not two.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sharon

    it's rude to make jokes over someones death people, have a heart

    June 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • San

      Thank you for stating what should be obvious to most, but isn't. I wish more people thought as you do.

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

      alot of people are making jokes about the poorly worded headline, not the story itself.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      a lot of people making assumptions that they can't possibly know so that they can sound superior on a message board. What a sorry lot.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich Guitard

      Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto...it does give me hope there are some compassionate people out there.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. er

    I lived near the Niagara River until I was in my mid 20s. You can be a long way from the Falls and still be on the Niagara River. If your boat loses power and no one is around, it can be a problem. It just takes well prepared people to help out and no boating without radio contact or other boaters nearby.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Skip

    Marilyn Monroe movie? Niagra

    June 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gss

    There have been many suicides at the Falls. This is not surprising.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Werewolf

    Damn that Superman! Sure, He save *LOIS* at the falls... but anyone else? NOooooooo. >:-(

    June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. danny10

    You would have to have had a real death wish to take your own life in so painful a manner. let's hope she was already dead when she hit the water..

    June 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jingoistic Drum Banger

    I was at the falls for 3 days and waited camera in hand, but no one would cooperate.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sari

    I don't think anyone accidentally ends up being swept over the falls. Unless, of course they are attacked by a broom, like one commenter said. Seriously, though, there are warnings everywhere. I refuse to believe that anyone is that foolish...I

    June 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      another person assuming facts so he/she can be a know it all on CNN. How small of a person are you?

      June 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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