The U.S. Coast Guard pulled a body from a vehicle submerged in the rapids near Niagara Falls on Wednesday after authorities discovered the car about 50 yards from the edge of the falls.
The driver was identified as a local woman in her late 60s, said New York State Park Police Capt. Christopher Rola. The woman is believed to have been the only occupant of the car, and she was pronounced dead by authorities.
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“We have never had a vehicle in the water this close” to the edge of Niagara Falls, Rola said.
A rescue team lowered personnel from a helicopter to retrieve the body from the vehicle. Video posted to the Twitter account @NiagaraAction showed the rescue attempt.
NIAGARA FALLS ACTION: the Coast Guard have lowered an officer into the car to determine if there any any occupants. It has been speculated that two people were in the vehicle.— Niagara Action (@NiagaraAction) December 8, 2021
📹 Jeff Preval pic.twitter.com/hTAxfAWJmt
Others posted pictures and videos of the rescue attempt to Twitter.
BREAKING NIAGARA FALLS ACTION: watch as a truly heroic member of the Coast Guard rescues an individual from a submerged vehicle less than 100 feet from the brink of Niagara Falls.— Niagara Action (@NiagaraAction) December 8, 2021
📹 FBNY pic.twitter.com/kiqYjubI8l
https://t.co/9HYTdgHxhD pic.twitter.com/tHPxb2dpXk— Chris (@CBNEWSPHOTOG) December 8, 2021
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A police investigation into what led the vehicle to submerge is underway. The car remained in the water on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls as investigators proceeded.