Helicopters Aid In Falls Rescue

June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 10:34 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 10:34 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO ( WKBW ) Nearly every day Niagara Helicopters in Canada takes to the sky to wow tourists with breathtaking viewers of the Falls.

This past weekend, Niagara Parks Police Constable Shawn Black saw those sights while dangling from a 110 foot rope attached to the bottom of the helicopter.

Early Saturday morning, two New York State Parks Police Officers Lt. Patrick Moriarty and Officer Kramer, responded to a call of boat in distress in the upper Niagara River.

In the heavy fog, the officers lost their bearings.

They say it was like operating the boat blindfolded.

With no landmarks to navigate by, the officer's boat drifted into the fast moving rapids, just a few hundred feet from the brink of the Falls.

The only option was to throw down their emergency anchor, and wait.

Having no helicopter of their own, the Niagara Parks Police rely on the private company to get airborne. They have trained heavily for this type of rescue, and it all paid off...as both officers were hoisted to safety.

The pilots noted, "It was an absolute honor to be involved and bring those guys ashore."