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.
The other day when out for a walk I went past Henri’s Motel. Out front they have a white barrel that is painted with the words:
I supposed they are referring to Major Lloyd Hill who went over the Falls in a barrel on July 30, 1949. NiagaraFallsInfo.com has the following information:
On July 30th 1949, Major Lloyd Hill, using a 650 pound barrel, successfully navigated the Whirlpool Rapids. Hill became stranded in the Whirlpool and had to be rescued by the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department.
I don’t know what all he had inside the barrel, but without any padding it sure looks like you’d be tossed around quite a bit!
I’m a little late in posting this, but here are some articles regarding the fire on Victoria Ave that I posted about last week…
From Niagara This Week:
A major fire early Wednesday morning destroyed four businesses on Victoria Avenue, not far from Clifton Hill.
When firefighters arrived on the scene just after midnight, they found smoke coming from a portion of the building at 5815 Victoria Ave. which houses The Capish Hip Hop store, Phat Cat Tattoos, a palm and tarot card reader and a sand art store.
Niagara Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief Phil Ross said firefighters began to attack the blaze, but it spread quickly, and flames broke through the roof.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate a blaze that destroyed the King David Bakery and Cafe early Monday morning on Centre Street, a short distance from Clifton Hill.
Members of the Niagara Falls fire department received a call at about 12:50 a. m., of heavy smoke coming from the back of a building at 5061 Centre St., near Ellen Avenue.
“The building was pretty involved by the time we arrived on scene,” said Ben Trendle, a fire prevention officer with the Niagara Falls Fire Department.
“It appears that the cinder block walls gave way and the roof collapsed.”