Coast Guard diver pulls body from car above Niagara Falls (Picture: AP)
One person was found dead following a dramatic scene on the Niagara River Wednesday, where a submerged car teetered on the edge of Niagara Falls.
A US Coast Guard diver was lowered into a submerged vehicle stuck in rushing rapids just yards from the brink of Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon. After getting lowered down from a helicopter hovering above, the diver recovered the body of a woman in her 60s from the car.
She was the vehicle’s only occupant, New York’s State Parks Police said.
Photos and videos taken by bystanders showed the car almost completely submerged, with only part of the roof and open boot visible through the white water in the early afternoon.
First responders monitor a car that is partially submerged in the Niagara River, nearing Niagara Falls (Picture: AP)
Following the rescue, the vehicle remained about 50 yards from the brink of the American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.
Authorities said the woman lived in the area. Her name has not been released pending notification of relatives.
State Parks Police Captain Chris Rola said several onlookers reported seeing a black car enter the water between the vehicle and pedestrian bridges at Goat Island around 11.50am.
Due to the area the car ended up, the State Park’s water team was unable to make a rescue mission.
The US Coast Guard responded to a car submerged in the Niagara River, near the edge of Niagara Falls (Picture: AP)
‘We’ve never had a vehicle in the water this close to the brink,’ Rola said.
While awaiting help from the Coast Guard, a drone was used to determine how many people were stuck inside the vehicle and obtain a license plate number. Police have not found any belongings of the woman in the vehicle.
During a press conference Rola applauded the Coast Guard’s response, saying they made ‘quite a recovery.’
Police are still investigating how the woman’s car ended up in the Niagara River, though roads in the area were reportedly slippery as a light snow fell.
State Parks Police are working with other agencies to determine the safest way to remove the vehicle from the water.
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