Water rescue for a car that drove into the Niagara River about 30 feet before the falls. State police confirm a woman in her 60s was "recovered" from the vehicle by US Coast Guard. @FOX29Buffalo pic.twitter.com/y2GDmPOrxH
— Emily Girsch (@EmilyGirsch) December 8, 2021
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A U.S. Coast Guard diver braved death Wednesday to enter a submerged vehicle stuck in rushing rapids just yards from the brink of Niagara Falls.
The diver was lowered from a hovering helicopter, climbed into the car and pulled out the body of its lone occupant, a woman in her 60s, officials from New York's State Parks Police said. She was pronounced dead after being pulled from the vehicle.
It was not immediately clear how or where the car entered the frigid, rushing water.
Authorities said the woman lived in the area. Her name was not released pending notification of relatives.
Photos and videos taken by bystanders showed the car almost completely submerged with only part of the roof and open trunk hatch visible through the whitewater current in the early afternoon.
👀WHOA! A car is about 40 feet from falling over the edge of Niagara Falls. https://t.co/81j8ecWXD3
— Gage Goulding - NBC2 (@GageGoulding) December 8, 2021
The vehicle was about 100 yards (91 meters) from the brink of the falls at Prospect Point, a prime viewing area, The Niagara Gazette reported. Onlookers watched as emergency crews prepared to try to pull the vehicle from the water.
Roads in the area were slippery as a light snow fell.
This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Video shows dramatic recovery of woman submerged above Niagara Falls