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Woman Swept Over Niagara Falls Still Not Found; Searchers Find Man's Body Instead

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Officials searching for the body of a Japanese woman who fell into the water at Niagara Falls discovered the body of an unidentified man instead.

The male, whose body was discovered in the whirlpool below the falls, was spotted by an Erie County Sheriff's department helicopter search crew, according to The New York Daily News.

The death is thought to be unrelated.

Niagara Parks Police in Ontario say 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, The Associated Press reports.

Dressed in a bright red hoodie and wearing big sunglasses, according to The Toronto Star, one of the women was talking and taking pictures when she climbed up on one of several rock posts, straddling the metal railing that ran between them. Below her, water rushed over the brink of Horseshoe Falls, falling 188 feet into the Lower Niagara River.

Police say the woman stood up and apparently lost her footing, falling into the river about 80 feet upstream from the brink of the falls. Officials say the river's swift current swept her over the falls.

Police say no foul play is suspected.