Moment female driver, 66, is plucked from car as it teeters over edge of NIAGARA FALLS for two hours after crashing off side of bridge and into the freezing river
- The Coast Guard pulled the body of a 66-year-old woman from her car as it teetered near the edge of Niagara Falls on the United States side Wednesday afternoon
- Buffalo News reporter Stephen Watson said the car had fallen into the Niagara River, and was just about 100 feet from the Falls, with water rushing through the windows
- Rescue crews quickly arrived on the scene, and a member of the Coast Guard descended from a helicopter to rescue the motorist
The Coast Guard airlifted a dead body of a woman from her car as it teetered near the edge of Niagara Falls on Wednesday.
Videos posted to Twitter documented the horrifying moment Wednesday afternoon, as the woman was stuck in the car for about two hours as snow fell down on the area.
The vehicle drove into the Niagara River between the vehicle and pedestrian bridge at Goat Island before noon on Wednesday before getting stuck on rocks just about 50 yards shy of the edge.
As of 2pm, crews were working to retrieve the vehicle from the falls, but said they ‘do not believe there is any evidentiary value to the car.’
Rescue crews quickly arrived on the scene, as river water had washed over the top of the windshield and the current reached to the bottom of the side windows.
A member of the Coast Guard was able to descend from a helicopter just south of the vehicle on a wire, break down the motorists passenger-side door with an ax and free her from the car, but she was already dead.
Park Police told WHAM that the victim was a local 66-year-old female.
It is unclear how the car wound up in the river, and crews are now working to retrieve the car.
Rescue crews arrived on the scene quickly to assess the situation after a car fell into Niagara River on Wednesday afternoon and quickly approached the Falls
The car was just 100 feet from tumbling over Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon when the driver was pulled from the car by a member of the Coast Guard
The US Coast Guard rescue driver removed the passenger from the car on the brink of the Falls and airlifted the body
The 66-year-old woman was already dead by the time the Coast Guard crew was able to get her from the car
A member of the Coast Guard prepared to descend into the river in an attempt to free the trapped motorist
State Park police said in a news conference following the incident that witnesses reported seeing the car enter the water between the vehicle and pedestrian bridge at Goat Island moments before the police received calls at around noon about a car floating down the river and getting stuck on rocks just about 50 yards shy of the brink.
Captain Chris Rola said crews quickly determined that a swift water rescue team would not be able to attempt a rescue, noting: ‘We’ve never had a vehicle in the water this close to the brink.’
He added that while they were waiting for the Coast Guard helicopter to arrive, the park police used a drone to see how many people were in the vehicle and tried to get a license plate number.
Rola would not release the name of the victim Wednesday afternoon, until her family was notified of her passing.