Water Rescue Saves Woman's Life

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N. Y. (WKBW) - It was the skill and training of emergency crews on the Niagara River that saved the life of a woman.

Authorities said the woman in her 30's was hiking with her fiancé near the World Pool Rapids when they wandered from the path. She then tried to touch the water, slipped on the rocks and fell into the rapids.

Crews said she went under water for about a minute before resurfacing. Luckily, there was a World Pool Jet Boat nearby. When the team recovered her she was unconscious. They used CPR and were able to revive her.

"With our assets were able to facilitate a rescue corresponding to saving of a life. There is no value you can put on that. I'm so pleased. We were at the right place at the right time," President of World Pool Jet Tours John Kinney said.

Authorities said it was the jet boat that is designed to take people into the rapids that got this woman out of them safely. The victim, who is not being identified, was taken first to St. Mary's Hospital, then to ECMC by Mercy Flight where she is recovering.