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Man presumed dead after falling into Niagara Gorge

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 09:57:43-04

A 25-year-old is missing and presumed dead after police say he fell into the Niagara Gorge Saturday evening.

Niagara Parks Police said the man was hiking with a small group of people down the Canadian side of the Niagara River Gorge. The group had left the marked trails, and the victim climbed out onto a rock that was just a few feet from the shoreline of the Niagara River rapids.  Police say the man lost his footing and feel into the current.

Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River Team and Niagara Regional Police Service Marine Unit, Niagara Falls Fire Department, and Niagara EMS all arrived on the scene and began to search the bank of the Niagara River.

Emergency Services were assisted with helicopters from Erie County Sheriff’s Department, Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Homeland Security, Rescue Co-ordination Center Trenton, and Niagara Helicopters.

Boats from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Canadian Coast Guard, Niagara Regional Police Marine Unit, the R.C.M.P., and Whirlpool Jet Boats also attended and assisted with the search.

After several hours of conducting an exhaustive search along the lower Niagara River shoreline from the water, land, and the air, the search was terminated with negative results.

The man remains missing. His identity has not been released  to the public.