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. matt

    Keep it up people. Don't let the lack of facts surrounding the incident stop you from jumping to conclusions. Because that's what smart people do.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christina

    why are people more concerned with words other people use than the article? Go find something better to do because last time I checked...people can say what they want...with discretion. Now I am going to find myself something better to do. MMMk thanks.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. miked77

    probably a suicide, you would have to be really stupid to inadvertently go over the horseshoe falls.

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

      Seriously, who could ever think someone might fall into a river... Whoever falls into a river must be stupid.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Mr Bo... even been to Niagara Falls? Obviously the answer is a big no, or you would know that it is not at all easy to get near the edge of that river near the brink of the falls. unless, of course, you do it on purpose with the intent of going in.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peter E

    Newsflash: in the amount of time it took the media to report on this one death that just happened to be at an otherwise picturesque site, dozens of people were killed on the streets of America by drunk or negligent drivers. But of course, that's not glamorous enough death so it isn't news.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      It's BECAUSE it's rare that it's news

      June 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deacon

      every death is not news Peter. And even if it is news its not CNN news for that matter. Every breath is precious, but we don't have a blog entry for each lung full of air either.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmie B.

      So where's your website where you report on every death in America? Or do you not care?

      June 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Wait...are you saying you never read about those deaths? Open your local newspaper and it's all over the pages. You just choose not to read the news and complain that the news doesn't report those deaths. But in reality it is there if you open your eyes.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Actually Bob, there is nothing rare about a person dieing from going over the falls. It happens all the time

      June 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barry McAukiner

    When I use to swim at my grandmother's cottage on the river, you could easily get caught in the current and go over the falls a kilometre away.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I wonder if a safety net might be in order, pull it across when warned that someone's coming downstream, with the bottom of the net just below the water line, then retract it when not needed.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Completely False

      No, you couldn't. I lived swam and boated that river for years. Even had an engine fail in that area also. You are full of it.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      you definitely can not be swept over the falls from far away. I kayak the upper Niagara all the time and can easily paddle upstream. The rapids are extremely shallow and many people have been rescued standing in the water, only feet from the edge.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Aaaargh..the rapids are in the lower Niagara River, bout 3-4 miles from the falls. If you were from that area, you would have known that. The upper Niagara River pours directly into both falls, from a dam, into Lake Ontario. Remember, water flows upstream, so South to North. Horseshoe Fall and the American Falls are on the south end. But you're from there, so you already know this.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Actually Kristin, the Upper rapids are just north of Grand Island in the Upper Niagara River, and the Lower rapids are in the lower Niagara River... I am indeed from here and Kayak this river on a regular basis, Your post is a fail ... look up things before you embarrass yourself further,

      June 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Also Kristin the dense, there is NO DAM in the Niagara River.. again You fail miserably. do not try to educate me about an area you know nothing about... poor poor child

      June 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nonfloater

    murpis--It is all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherrios

      it's so true. I always tell that to my students and all my friends, alike. What an unfortunate event.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Once I said that on a construction site, as it turned out I was yelling it to a carpenter who only had 1 eye and I didn't know it. Embarrassing

      June 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stephen (CLT)

    boat fishing near the edge of Niagara Falls? HMMMM....sounds fun!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      reading comprehension is not your strong suit, is it?

      June 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lou Cypher


    June 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Viktor

    The winds are VERY strong in this area right now. I wouldn't be surprised if winds contributed to to incident.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      uh yah okay,, lol

      June 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sim

    Wow. Don't go boating above the falls. Don't go boating below the falls either. What an awful way to go.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      The falls are at the end of MILES of river. You're essentially saying, don't boat on the great lake, don't boat on the river.
      Or did you miss the part about the boat engine failing and they drifted with the current?

      June 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Boo Boo

    i went over the falls onced A big ol mermaid sucked me in and that was the end of freedom

    June 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rolyat

    She was still a human life. How sad that people turn it into a bashing or a joke. It's how you are raised.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mireya

    Some of you guys need to take sensitivity 101. It does not matter...whether it was a suicide or an accident there is a lot of suffering involved. When a person commits suicide, this person needs professionals and be surrounded by people who can support him or her. We are all able to help if we know how to be sensible n care to do so. Congratulations to those of you who are caring positive individuals in our society. We need more people like you!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FedUp2

    Seriously, wouldn't it make more sense to turn the comments off for sensitive stories about people's immediate death like this? You know most the people only make jokes and show their disrespects. Thanks for contributing to the frat boy level of mob mentality that rules these comment sections and is only slightly less rude and offensive than Yahoo's. Hope you all get treated with the same dignity when it's your time to go.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RobK

    I used to live there. It's VERY deceptive. You can get within about a mile of the brink and the water is very calm. Once it splits at Goat Island it quickly becomes rapids and if you're nowhere near the shore, or not lucky enough to snag on a rock... you're DONE. It's a LONG way down.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Retractable safety net across the river before Goat?
      Think it would work?

      June 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      no Wiz, there is no time, when you spot someone in the river, to deploy a net.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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