Niagara Falls Death: Woman Swept Over Falls, Presumed Drowned
Authorities presume that a female student drowned after being swept over Niagara Falls.
The Associated Press reports that according to Niagara Parks Police in Ontario, "two female students in their 20s from the Toronto area were visiting the falls around Sunday night when one of them climbed onto a railing near the river's edge and sat on a block pillar, with her legs straddling the railing."
According to the Los Angeles Times, she was enjoying the view from Table Rock when she was swept over Horseshoe Falls.
Police report that the woman stood up, lost her footing, and fell from the railing, which was located along the Canadian side of the Niagara River. The river is estimated to be 80 feet upstream from the edge of the falls.
The Montreal Gazette reports that the strong current is what carried the woman to the falls. After Niagara Parks police examined surveillance video, they say it appears that no one else was involved in this tragic accident.
UPDATE 5:50pm: The Associated Press reports that the woman was a 19-year-old Japanese woman studying in Canada. The Niagara Parks Police and the Japanese consulate general are working to notify the victim's family before releasing a name.
Police dive teams continued on Monday to search the Niagara River for the woman's body, according to CBC.
In July, a boat captain saved a woman who was caught in a whirlpool at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls.
Earlier this month, three members of a church group were swept into a waterfall in Yosemite National Park, and there have been separate incidents of hikers falling to their deaths in that park as well.
According to the Associated Press report on the Yosemite deaths, visitors don't realize the additional dangers that come with record snowfall and high temperatures melting this snow.
Record snowfalls and other extreme weather conditions have been seen across the world this year. In June, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced that they would examine the link between climate change and extreme weather events.