(NIAGARA FALLS, CA) – Authorities say, an student from Japan, age 20, is presumed dead after being swept over Niagara Falls on Sunday night. Police say, the young woman had climbed onto a pillar to overlook the Canadian side of the falls to take a picture and fell into the Niagara River about 80ft up from the edge of the falls and was swept over.
The Niagara Parks Police described the death as a “tragic accident”.
As of Monday morning, the woman’s body has still not been recovered, but officials have said they are working with the Japanese consulate to notify her family.
“Millions of visitors have viewed the scenic Niagara falls and the Niagara River gorge while respecting the safety wall without incident.”, Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane stated.
The accident, which occurred about 8:30pm (EST) on Sunday at Table Rock near the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, was captured on CCTV.
The incident is still under investigation.
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