Officials in New York said a woman was found dead on Wednesday afternoon after a floating car in the Niagara River came close to a waterfall.
New York State Parks Police Captain Chris Rolla said at a news conference that the woman’s identity has not been released but was believed to be in her late 60s.
Officers were informed about the vehicle just before 12 noon, Rolla said, adding that the car was floating in the river towards the brink of Niagara Falls. Witnesses told police they believed a man was inside the car.
A photo from the scene shows the car almost completely submerged and the trunk open. The vehicle was hanging on the rocks about 50 yards from the edge of the waterfall, Granthshala affiliate WGRZ told,
“Our Swift Water team could not recover because of the area the vehicle was in,” Rola said. “We contacted the Coast Guard and their helicopter … came out and was able to recover.”
NS US Coast Guard Great Lakes Tweet That he hoisted an unresponsive woman from the driver’s seat of the vehicle who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rola said that the woman was driving the car. Officials believe there was only one person in the car, and said it entered the river through an area between a pedestrian bridge and a vehicle bridge.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing, including determining why the car ended up in the river.
The woman was a local, Rola said, but she declined to reveal where she lived.
This is a developing story; Check back for updates.
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