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    Cops: Too many boaters cruise into Niagara Falls danger zone

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    From Niagara This Week:

    An American police marine unit that patrols the upper Niagara River says too many boaters and people on personal watercraft are getting too close to the brink of Niagara Falls.

    New York State Park Police Lt. Clyde Doty tells WGRZ-TV in Buffalo (http://on.wgrz.com/2feIsBJ ) that people put their lives at risk when they ignore buoys and warning signs on the river.

    Canadian parks police pull man from waters above Horseshoe Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    An apparent suicidal man was grabbed by Canadian emergency personnel Sunday night as he stood in the waters above the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Niagara Parks Police Service officials report that about 6:30 p.m Sunday they were alerted to a man standing waist-high in the waters of the upper Niagara River about 150 to 200 feet from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. He was holding on to a fallen tree branch.

    Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Falls, Ont., Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to the bus parking lot adjacent to Table Rock Complex, at 6650 Niagara Parkway, to begin rescue efforts.

    U.S. park on the brink of new look

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Q: I was at Niagara Falls and noticed a lot of bulldozers and construction on the U.S. side, right above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. What’s going on?

    A: The American observation area above the Horseshoe Falls is undergoing a major overhaul that’s expected to wrap up this summer.

    When the $4.3 million US renovation at Terrapin Point is completed, it will be more accessible, more natural and more in line with the rest of Niagara Falls State Park.

    ‘Hero’ from famous Falls rescue turns 100

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    When John R. Hayes Sr., 48, a visitor from New Jersey, spotted the crisis near Terrapin Point that day, July 9, 1960, he dashed to the railing — less than 200 feet from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls — and started shouting.

    “Kick, girl! Kick your feet, come to me!” he screamed to Deanne Woodward, 17, tossing in the rapids above the 161-foot Horseshoe Falls. She had been riding in a boat with her brother, Roger Woodward, 7, and James Honeycutt, 42, who had taken the children on an outing for Deanne’s birthday. When their disabled craft drifted into the upper rapids, it soon capsized, spilling the trio into the unpredictable currents.

    Lots of tourists were standing around that prime viewing area but only one — John Quattrochi of Penns Grove, N.J. — volunteered for the team effort to save the teenager from almost certain death. “It was John (Quattrochi) who raced over to help,” recalled Hayes, marking his 100th birthday earlier this week.

    Taking on Niagara Falls on tightrope

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    From Stuff.co.nz:

    Nik Wallenda can’t visit a new place without envisioning a wire strung high above his head: Linking buildings, landmarks, nations.

    Even as a 6-year-old at Niagara Falls with his parents, he pictured walking a tightrope over the raging, whitewater maw.

    Now 33, the seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas, is ready to live out that childhood fantasy when he attempts on Friday to become the first person ever to walk a tightrope directly over the brink of Niagara Falls.

    ”It’s just natural,” Wallenda explained. ”When I drive into a city, I’m always thinking, ‘It would be cool to do a walk there.’ It’s just the way I think and always have.”

    ‘It’s amazing’: Man survives plunge over Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Experienced rescuers said it’s “amazing” a man survived going over Niagara Falls Monday morning — only the fourth time someone has taken the 54-metre plunge and lived.

    An unidentified man went over the Horseshoe Falls in what police say was an unsuccessful suicide attempt that unfolded in front of hundreds of Victoria Day tourists in Niagara Falls.

    Rescuers found him at the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls, on the rocks near the Journey Behind the Falls attraction.

    Niagara Parks Police and firefighters were called to the area at 10:20 a.m., after receiving unconfirmed reports from tourists that a man had gone over the falls.

    After interviewing witnesses and checking surveillance tape, police confirmed the man had gone into the water about six to 10 metres upriver from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Wallenda ready to walk across brink of falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The organizers of Nik Wallenda’s proposed tightrope walk across the Horseshoe Falls say they’ll spend any amount of money needed to make it happen.

    Site preparation, rigging setup, rescue personnel, helicopters and security will all be paid by Wallenda Inc., the corporation that oversees the performances of the famed Wallenda family.

    “Certainly I would think when all is said and done, it would be at least $1 million,” said Wallenda’s manager Winston Simone. That money would be recouped by a television deal with the Discovery Channel, as event sponsors. “We would like to believe we would be able to find corporate sponsors who would help us. With what a sponsor will get for this, we believe it’s a good bet.”

    Brink of Niagara Falls perfectly safe for spectators – as long as they follow the rules

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    The steel railing and stone wall that divides tens of thousands of tourists from the beauty and power of Niagara Falls are almost always wet and slippery from the mist that routinely drifts out across the city.

    But the obvious potential for danger, the signs warning people to keep their feet on the sidewalk, constant reminders from police patrolling the area around Table Rock – even with all of that, some people can’t resist tempting fate.

    “We see it all the time,” said Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane. “It’s very disturbing … very disturbing.”

    So even on a breezy August Monday afternoon, with three incidents serving as fresh reminders of the dangerous and deadly consequences, there they were, visitors scaling the barrier at the brink of the falls, anxious for that apparent metre or two of added closeness to one of the world’s greatest wonders.

    Woman dies after being swept over Niagara Falls

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a woman who appeared to be swimming in the Niagara River before being swept over the brink of Niagara Falls.

    Officials say tourists on the Canadian side of the river reported seeing the woman in the water above the falls around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Skating on an exhilarating edge in Niagara

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Okay, you’re up and moving gingerly on the new skates Santa brought, but can you stop?

    That question may arise in your mind this winter as you glide toward the brink of the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls.

    The Rink at the Brink returned last month, but skaters this year are getting a true sense that they are skating near the edge of the roaring falls.

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