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. boyle

    stupid female dog.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reverend J. Pistostache


    June 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • 112321

      Youre retarded

      June 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chinuajins

      Nutcase Troll.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Yes, everyone who commits suicide is selfish. What they should do is seek gods help and give you their money so you can drive around in a cadillac and molest children right reverend. Isn't that the true reason the church is so against suicide, Loss of revenue!

      June 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 112321

    I had a friend go over the falls about 20 years ago. They never did find her.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emily

    Living 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, Canada, unfortunatly this happens a few times a year. About 10yrs ago, was at The Falls walking around enjoying a nice night, saw a guy just climb over the railing and jumped, was sad to see that.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. roughriderci

    I dropped my ice cream cone once and it went over the falls and never found it, it was the worst day of my life.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rumncokes

      I went off the falls in a rubber inner tube and i seem to survive it. This year im going to attempt to do a back flip and land in a dive.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rumncokes

    The water must have been freezing! I guess i will ask her on the other side.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ChuckShick

    The good news is that in about another 35 million years, Niagara Falls will have eroded so far back up into the great lakes that there won't be a "falls" anymore, so earthlings won't have to worry about "getting swept over the falls" anymore. I can't wait to see that.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You're an idiot

      June 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faye

      Why do you think that is a good thing?

      June 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Unger

      You won't see it.
      But the reformed landscape could make the area look more spectacular, I suppose.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't care

      I'll be retired by then.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      Actually, it's only about 10,000 years.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • supremeamerican

      Nope. The liberals will destroy the earth with their silly power grabbing climate change shennanigans propaganda and their green energy lightbulbs and abortions for mother earth and prius's.

      June 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunny d

      Ryan, Faye, Joe = true failure

      June 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoFigure

      With the 'current' economy, I'll be working on my 10 Millionth retirement by then!

      June 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dssad

    Let's all fall for this beautiful falls!

    June 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Good one 🙂

      June 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kotenks

    Sad Story. I'm interested to hear more about this. I remember as a kid I was afraid of this happening to me.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hammatime

    this happened to a boy in 1963 AND HE SURVIVED! Amazing.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. keith

    she just wanted to go swimming

    June 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    I have been to Niagara Falls and the river flowing into the falls has a very, very strong current. You can see the water sweeping by, and you can also stand at the very edge on the bank of the river and easily fall in. There is no fence and no warning sign.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Unger

      So people have to rely on common sense? What? Doesn't someone HAVE to take care of us?

      June 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhD NC

      Do we really need a fence and warning sign near a fast flowing body of water heading towards a well known waterfall? For the idiots who do, society will not miss them. We are childproofing everything because there are are always a few morons who degrade the intelligence of humanity by doing stupid things. Simple, if you have children do your job and watch them. If you are alone use your brain.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oregon Born

      Uhhh, can you say Natural Selection? Translated as: If you lack common sense, are too lazy to care, or can't find your own "boot straps"to pull yourself up by, you may be eliminated. And fortunately, so will your gene pool . Our welfare system would be limited to a short term "hand-up", not a 47% national food stamp drain.

      June 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Afraid not...

      "And fortunately, so will your gene pool ." I'm afraid not in this case... she already has bred and left children behind.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Canadian

    To ChuckShick: Please go invent a time machine or get off the internet and get a real life!! Anyone who can take any perverted pleasure or kick out of this story has more issues than the deceased lady – yeeeeshhh

    June 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mrsims

    I've been there once in late October 1988. My friend took me there but it was late at night and I couldn't see much and it was pretty cold. I recall feeling mostly the power of the water in the rock and the mist of course. The current was strong obviously and clearly a dangerous place. Hard to imagine how a person would come to go over the falls by accident.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Noone

    Really EVERYONE ON HERE!? One post goes up....you all reply to it and ask why are you ignorant? Is this what life has come down to? Trying to fix the morality of internet junkies through comments of a story? People are going to post nasty, ignorant, disgusting comments. If it really affects you that much....don't go online. Perhaps you will be more comfortable in your nice, little, bubble world? There is no need to even reply to these ignorant posts, so why try? You're just fueling the fire....

    June 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oregon Born

      Gee Noone, it seems you're the only one with an explosive reaction. I tell you what...Why don't you go back and reread your statement 10 times, realize you're speaking to YOU, and then go somewhere else to hassle people!

      June 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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