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. ted

    If you have ever been on Goat Island right next to the falls, you would know that if you climb the fence they tell you to not climb over, the next step is a doozy. If someone does this, then they are mentally deranged and delusional and I don't mean that in a bad way. If they have gotten that far, then someone who loves them or even likes them have not been paying attention at all. It is too bad that something as beautiful as Niagara Falls gets such bad publicity from people losing their lives, either on purpose or by accident.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      how do you know that's the case here? are you privy to information? or are you assuming facts that aren't known? a woman has died a terrible death and it's heartbreaking. No one needs your sanctimonious "I told you so's".

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

      Polly, why so sanctimonious?

      June 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Polly- some of us read more detialed articles elsewhere... like tte Associated Press..... CNN did not publish a complete article. Stop being a crusader... yes, someone died but from their own stupidity.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. me

    nobody should say that kinda stuff on ppls death.......

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

      Oh shut up. Darwin rules in suicides. Stop honoring those who kill themselves you ghoul.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You know, it's all fun and games until your own family member or partner kills themselves. Then it'll be you crying and yelling at everyone while THEY point and slander your loved ones. Kids these days

      June 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      If a family member or partner of mine takes their own life, then I either wasn't a big enough part of their lives to begin with or I wasn't as involved with them to tell the warning signs. If I considered myself a part of their lives then I failed them too and deserve the pain to follow. What will probably happen is at her funeral all these people will speak about what a great human being she was, even though they failed to tell her while she was alive. And then a few years down the road everyone will have forgotten her, except when the subject of Niagara Falls comes up, kind of like that old 3-stooges episode....

      June 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mama123

    I live in Niagara Falls and this is the second person in the past few days to be killed at the falls. One jumped off the bridge connecting Niagara Falls USA and Niagara Falls Canada and now this woman. It's unfortunate that so many people come here just to commit suicide.

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

      'just to commit suicide'...What may seem like a trifle to an anonymous poster, was the most pressing matter in that woman's life at that moment.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      its like San Fran and the Golden Gate...;they go to jump to their deaths. What would be nice...if they would go far away to some secluded area and just blow their brains out. I've seen people jump from the bridge to their deaths....so why force that memory on me. If she indeed committed suicide, then she had no right to involved anyone else in it.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      I was told of a woman who jumped from the Golden Gate and lived. She said she realized it was a mistake as soon as she stepped off the bridge. That must be the case with so many people, but, unfortunately, we'll never know.

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

      If I lived in that h3ll hole I'd probably kill myself too! COME TO CALIFORNIA! When can you start?

      June 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pikachew

    Is it Niagra or Viagra Falls ???

    June 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Go over and give us your opinion afterwards.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      it's niagra falls. VIAGRA would have been going the other way

      June 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thom

      In fact, it's spelled Niagara.

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

      it is not either one.. spell much?

      June 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. guest

    So just because someone commits suicide it means they are "trash"? You make no sense.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff G

      Al B, your live trash! How can you say anthing negative about someone that died this way, it horrible. We need more respect for human lif eon this planet. ope you don't have children.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThomasM195

      YOU'RE, as in "You Are" not "your" as in something that belongs to you.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Dancy

      As in Your MOM!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      We need more respect for human life? ...hmm, let's see...we're at 7 billion and counting...nope...I'd say we humans are like a cancer to this planet...or perhaps we're more like an infestation.

      June 30, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. clarke

    my mother always told me, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all." It was good advice.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Demos

      Well said. There are a lot of disturbing posts that are indicative of ignorance. A professor once explained to our class that ignorance is costly to society.

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

      Thanks for your comment Demos. Ignorance IS costly to society and it's growing by the minute. It's also all fun and games to these people until something happens to them. Then it's not funny anymore.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gudone

      That's a gud one.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Excuse me?? Are you serious?!?! I believe gud is spelled g-o-o-d. Get a spell check, sir. Wow.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Duh....he was feigning ignorance. The sarcasm slipped right by you, huh?

      June 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • zoundsman

      I ignored everything mom used to say till it came up to bite me in the butt 20-30 years later.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • cool breeze

      30 years of your ignorance is a pretty scary image that you paint.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Unger

      Don't call your mother an "it"

      June 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      In saying that here you have broken your rule. You are not saying something nice you are judging other people for what they say and feel. You are one of those cowardly passive aggressive who chastise people while pretending to be nice. Get some bawls and say what you mean or say nothing.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImpishLisa


      June 30, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I'm glad my mother didn't candy coat nor insist that I candy coat everything. The Time-Out experiment has proven to be a big failure. Can we move on?

      June 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spaceman

      shut up

      June 2, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      There's too much of this already, it is called political correctness and it is getting in the way of resoving serious problems that need to be resolved in this country.

      June 2, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dancy

      You make me laugh. Oh, I am laughing AT you, not WITH you!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • walkinwind

      if you can't say something nice don't say nothing at all. Thumper said that in Bambi.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      Then why did you say anything?

      June 5, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Ellen


      June 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • lenkerb

      Thumper's father said it first.....

      June 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bambi

      It was line line said by Thumper in the original movie by Disney – Bambi!

      June 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dick "The Penguin" Cheney

    They are not picking scenic places, they are picking low security, definite mortality rate types of places. If you could jump off the Empire State Building without making a scene, you would (if you were unhappy, ofcourse).

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

      Actually she picked the place she grew up in.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fast Fred

    Wonder if Sarah Palin's bus tour is going to Niagara Falls?

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

      How crude and inappropriate. Making a political statement wishing a veiled death on Sarah Palin when the story has absolutely NOTHING to do with Sarah Palin is very insensitive to the story and the woman involved who lost her life via accident or suicide. Must be a liberal.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      I'm sure we can do something with her GPS to send her there!

      June 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Vito

      Palin would drive the bus right over the falls if she thought the lamestream media would be there to give her some free coverage. Hey, on second thought, let's get those cameras rolling!!!

      June 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I guess Sarah Palin must be a liberal too, if I recall her website had those targets over Democratic districts. A veiled attempt suggesting someone shoot these people?

      June 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CB

    Seriously, this is sad but almost is sad is the fact that people think that "swept" deals with a broom...Those jokes are trollish and lame because a human died whether by choice or not.

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

      thanks for saying that. she was a friend

      June 8, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dennis

    slowly I turned, step by step...

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

      ....inch by inch.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Love it.....LOL

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

    I won't give my thorough opinion because I'm not paid to do that on this comment board, but I will say, it's a form of natural selection unless it truly was accidental.

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

      Ummm, or you should say any "natural" selection is accidental. Alternately anything not accidental is not "natural".

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

      Bubba Jones got a point. There is quite the similarity between accidental and natural.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmie B.

      You say you're not going to give your opinion and then you do. Also, you don't have to be paid to make a comment in a comments section. Your entire post was a waste.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joejlm

    Several comments are unbelievably crude today. What's up? You can't know what was in her mind. You can't even know if it was intentional.

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

      it was. her husband died last week. its sad when a person feels so broken that they truly break. Her name was elizabeth. she was a good woman. an awesome mom, sister , friend and wife.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cheryl

    I cannot understand why anyone would want to play with such an awesome force of water. I don't believe I would ever take a boat on the top side of the falls, because you never know what could happen to the mechanics of the vessel, as what happened to the boat which came within 700 feet of the brink. And, as far as the poor woman, what a horrible way to go!

    June 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kandee

      she grew up there and to her it was a beautiful way to go.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kitchen Police

    That is why women belong in the kitchen!

    June 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      your a dic!!

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

      and how do u spell jerk?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. kathdunkin

    Very funny heartless person. Nothing better to do than make jokes about dead people?

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