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U.S. Coast Guard recovers body from submerged car near edge of Niagara Falls

Orignally published on 2021-12-08 21:16:53 by www.cbc.ca

A U.S. Coast Guard diver recovered a body from a submerged vehicle stuck in the rapids just metres from the brink of Niagara Falls on Wednesday.

The diver was lowered from a hovering helicopter, climbed into the car and pulled out the body of its lone occupant, a woman in her 60s, New York State Park Police officials said.

Video shows the rescuer, in an orange suit and a helmet, fighting against strong wind and water to enter through the passenger side of the black car.

“It was an incredible job by the Coast Guard,” State Park Police Capt. Christopher Rola said at a news conference.

It was unclear how the car got into the Niagara River. Witnesses reported seeing it floating near a pedestrian bridge, where it was believed to have gone in. Roads in the area were slippery as a light snow fell.

Photos and videos taken by bystanders showed the car almost completely submerged with only part of the roof and open trunk hatch visible through the whitewater in the early afternoon.

Police used a drone to determine it was occupied.

Authorities said the woman lived in the area. Her name was not released pending notification of relatives.

After the rescue, the vehicle remained about 50 metres from the brink of the American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. Onlookers watched as emergency crews prepared to try to pull the vehicle from the water.

Rola said the State Park Police swift-water rescue teams had been unable to get to the car because of its location.

Orignally published on 2021-12-08 21:16:53 by www.cbc.ca

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