NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP/KMOX) __ A 30-year-old woman from St. Louis was rescued from the Whirlpool Rapids below Niagara Falls Monday after she fell in while hiking along the shore with her fiance. State Parks Police say the woman, tried to reach down and touch the swirling waters.
WIBV television reports the woman was swept away in the current of the Niagara River near Devil’s Hole. The crew of a Whirlpool jet boat operating in the area saved the unidentified woman’s life. Upper Mountain Fire Chief Lee Casper said, “The jet boat was doing a normal tour, up to the rapids up there, saw her go in. They pulled her out of the water, brought her down to the Lewiston sand docks.” Casper said had the jet boat not been right there to scoop her up, it’s likely she would not have survived. It was an almost impossible rescue, but the passengers and crew of the jet boat pulled it off.
Whirlpool Jetboat Tours president John Kinney said, “The kudos should go out most to the young lady who was the trip leader here. Obviously, the captain has to drive the boat, and she was the one who used all the rescue protocols that she had been trained in, facilitated the resources that she had available to her, including soliciting some assistance, and subsequently, a life was saved.”
The woman’s name wasn’t released. Police say she was hurt and was taken to Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and then transferred to Erie County Medical Center.