Woman Tumbles Over Niagara Falls

Student slips posing for picture

Aug 16, 2011
Outside Magazine

A 19-year-old Japanese foreign exchange student fell into the Niagara River on Sunday, likely tumbling over the falls to her death. The woman, whose name has not been released, was studying in Toronto. Eyewitnesses and a security camera indicate that the woman had climbed a rock post and straddled a metal guardrail to take a picture on the Canadian side of the falls. When she tried to climb back over the guardrail, she slipped and fell into the river, which would have pulled her 188 feet down into the Lower Niagara. In a strange twist, search and rescue teams recovered the remains of a man in the Lower Niagara while looking for the woman's body. Accidental deaths at Niagara Falls are uncommon, though as many as two dozen people commit suicide there each year. Authorities in Canada are working with the Japanese consulate to notify the woman's family.

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