Niagara Parks Police service say a 25-year-old man is missing after falling into the rapids of the lower Niagara River Saturday afternoon.
Police say the man was picnicking with a groups of about 30 people in the Niagara Glen Nature Preserve when some of them decided to hike down into the gorge. Police say the group wandered off the marked trails, and one climbed out onto a rock just a few feet from the shoreline. He slipped and fell into the fast-moving water.
Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River Team and Niagara Regional Police Service Marine Unit, the Niagara Falls Fire Department, and Niagara EMS arrived and began to search the bank of the river.
Emergency Services were assisted with helicopters from Erie County Sherriff’s Office, the Niagara County Sherriff’s Office, US Homeland Security, Rescue Co-ordination Center Trenton and Niagara Helicopters.
Vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Niagara Regional Police Marine Unit, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Whirlpool Jet Boats also attended and assisted with the search.
The search was called off after many hours. Victim Services Niagara is providing assistance to the missing man’s family but his identity will not be released to the public.
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