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. Paledin

    Very sad. Even more so that people hide behind the cloud and make fun.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Versa11

    Polly, just shut up please, ive sonstantly seen your name down this page calling people names and acting like your superior because your not assuming anything...these people are just stating their opinions and trying to figure out what happened. knock off the superior crap.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gym nasium

    The German judge 9.9 The Russian 9.7 Iraq 4.2

    June 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dewayne

    its not funny...the lady that died taught at my school...she was an English teacher now she's history!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. U-Turn

    Now kids, this is why we never run when we are pool-side!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zippo

    I live in the area and this happens far more frequently than its reported. Tons of casino's + ample booze + loss of fortunes = lots of people taking a dip in the Niagara River.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Completely False

      No, it doesn't. Not even close to a common occurance. What does the casino have to do with anything? All of the good Casinos are on the ONT side anyway; this occurred on the American Falls side. Just be quite and stop spreading misinformation.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      To the Einstein re: "what do casinos have to do with anything" . . they don't call Las Vegas "Sin City" because it's a church village now, do they? Casinos + drinking = people do stupid things such as "Let's go see how close to the edge of Niagara Falls we can get before we fall over . . yeah GREAT idea!" Duh . . .

      June 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandman

      @Completely False: It happens much more than you think... Do you honestly think that the Niagara Parks Police want people knowing how often someone has to be rescued? It would certainly cut down on tourists if it was more publicized. BTW: Horseshoe Falls is on the Canadian side; research before you make yourself look incompetent...

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

      Horseshoe Falls are on the Ontario Side...Idiots these days.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Completely False: is a good name for you as what you are saying is indeed completely false. this happens ALL THE TIME at Niagara Falls. Having lived in the area over 40 years now I have witnessed it several times personally and read about hundreds more. You do not know that the horseshoe falls is the Canadian falls. Obviously are not from here. Quit postulating your opinion and look up the true answers if you want to know.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • supprimer

      @Completely False...What do you have to say for yourself now? Look who's quiet now. By the way, that's how you spell quiet...

      June 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Motts

      What a horrible tragedy.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not Completely False

      Completely stoopid

      June 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      The danger of Casinos is the same danger in all places where gambling goes on. People lose everything and cannot face going home to the wife/husband and kids/pets and admit that they gambled away their lives and futures. My father was a gambler and we went from acceptable working class housing to rat holes in the slums. We never lived anywhere long. He never killed himself but he destroyed any chance I might have had to live a normal childhood, have friends and deny me things like decent clothes to go to school in. He also drank, another issue with casinos. I don't know where the womanizing came from. Thank god there were no Casinos then!

      June 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    "Witnesses said the woman appeared to be alive as she approached ..." Really? Are those credible witnesses? She APPEARED to be be ALIVE as she APPROACHED...? That is Pulitzer Prize winning journalism right there, folks!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fenris

      I think they meant that she was floating in the water & appeared to be a living person, not a dead body. Yeah, at first I thought she jumped in the water or was in a boat or something, but I think they meant she was spotted already in the water, no boat.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Tim, she didn't approach by WALKING! Her body approached via the current.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Oh...reality check...got it.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oh no!

    She was just starting to turn her life around, too.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • hyphenate

      Did you know this woman personally? The reports I've seen don't ID her.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh no!

      @hyphenate
      It's a common joke when someone dies. That's always the first thing people say, usually when someone dies violently or as the result of a crime gone awry.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Quincey9

    ... and this impacts my life how?

    June 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jakecharles96

      enough for you to respond and for that lame response to make you look like a fool

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

      Yeah CNN! What are you thinking? From now on, only print stories that pertain to Quincy9's life. There you go Quince!

      June 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Well, it tells everyone you are an idiot who reads articles that are of no interest to you and you compound that self-abuse by commenting in a snide fashion. Nice life you got there bud!

      June 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. common sense

    gee why dont the parks dept string an under water net with a floating line tied to bouys. so as nothing larger than a a normal size fish can be swept passed an area prior to the falls? things that make you go hhmmmmmm

    June 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      You are so right..it would not even cost much!

      June 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Never been there, have you? The water passing over that area is unbelievable. No net would hold, and if you found one strong enough, it would be clogged with debris in a matter of minutes and tear itself apart. Your "common sense" idea is not feasible.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pravaa

      The size of the snow blocks in winter is huge. They would shred any net or any barrier.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knucklehead

      What about a long blue and white rope with blue and white buoys on it. You know, like swimming pools have. Then pay a couple teenagers to stand at each end and blow whistles when someone gets close to it.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Everyman

      How about a stainless steel cable that is supported every 20 yards and is at water level. Recess it back about 50 yards from the edge. Might be a chance for somebody to grab hold at least or prevent a boat from going over. Not fool prrof but avoids the issues with currents.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      You clearly have not been here. Niagara Falls is a world class set of water falls. Up there with Victoria Falls in Africa. Nothing can stand up to the speed and volume of water, especially on the Canadian Side. Both sets of falls are very wide and the Canadian side is bowed so there would have to be someone out near the edge driving in the pole to be able to corner it. Likely fish, regardless of their size, would get stuck in netting. When ice floes come down... when the mist from the falls freezes.... Well, clearly, there is no way to stop people from going over if they are stupid or are doing it willfully as there are too many points of access. People would throw a hissy fit if there were goons lining the edges of the river and the lower look outs such that they could not look out and over. Ain't nothing in the world like standing very close to the barrier (not some low, flimsy little fence either) where you are lost in the sight and sound of the monster. I will never forget that sound on the Canadian side.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiot Killer

      That would work well... until debris started to buid up and caused all sorts of problems. Let's use some "common sense."

      June 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Been to NF's twice. A close up view scares the hell out of you. I can't imagine anyone living through that.. Sad story!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PeteMD

    I have often thought the rapids on the American side (around Goat Island) look like they could be fun to tube/canoe/kayak. Only problem is that long drop to the rocks below. OUCH!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Very likely there are rocks on the way down too. Quite a few people have successfully gone over the Canadian side but most die regardless of how they attempt it.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nmanndu

    Sad. May her soul rest in peace.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. funnyman

    She was just starting to turn her life around too.... - NOW THAT IS FUNNY

    June 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. b. Slider

    Niagara Falls, slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch and then I saw ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER standing at the bottom with the maid of the mist.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • googler

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slowly_I_Turned

      June 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Slowly I turned, HAHAHAHAHAHA.....I never knew WHY I remembered this gag! Thank you for the wiki post to read it!!!

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

      I first heard the "slowly I turned" routine in A Comedy of Terrors with Vincent Price. Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. When I googled it just now I see it has been used many times and in conduction with Niagara Falls. Thanks for the reminder. My friends and I used to do that routine all the time.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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