A 66-year-old woman trapped in a car fell into a river a few meters from the edge of Niagara Falls on the US-Canada border. Waiting for rescue, she spent several hours in the icy water. The weather conditions were difficult, it was cold, it was snowing. The rescuers reached the victim on board the helicopter.
Around noon on Wednesday, US Coast Guard rescue workers arrived at the scene to recover a woman trapped in the vehicle. It fell by car into the Niagara River, about 45 meters before the edge of the waterfall of the same name. She spent about two hours in the freezing cold water. One of the rescuers was lowered onto a rope from the helicopter to pull the victim out of the way. Unfortunately, it turned out that she was already dead. The woman was 66 years old, New York police said.
“It was an amazing coast guard rescue operation,” Police Captain Christopher Rola told a news conference.
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, tweeted that she was “saddened by the tragic death” of the woman. Moreover, she praised the “quick and heroic actions” of the rescue teams.
An accident at Niagara Falls
It is not known why the car fell into the river. Witnesses to the incident said they saw him swimming near the Goat Island Pedestrian Bridge, where he probably ran into. The roads in the area were slippery that day because snow had fallen.
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