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    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.

    Over 100 Guests Stranded at Niagara Falls Canada Attraction

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    On May 31st, 2013 at approximately 1:43 p.m. Niagara Parks Police Ontario Service dispatch was advised that an elevator had malfunctioned at the Journey Behind the Falls attraction located at Table Rock Complex.

    While no one was in the elevator, there were approximately one hundred guests still on the observation platform in the lower Niagara River basin below the Horseshoe Falls. While technicians were addressing the malfunction, two members of the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River
    Team (HART) rappelled to the observation platform below to provide updates to the waiting patrons.

    Wallenda Walk: Canadian Traffic And Parking Tips

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (including video):

    “Rarely have we seen an event of this scale which requires the coordination of so many public service and emergency service agencies ,” remarked Douglas Kane, Chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service, as Canadian officials signed off on the integrated public safety plan they developed for Nik Wallenda’s historic tightrope walk across the world famous Horseshoe Falls, which is scheduled to occur one week from tonight.

    “We want to assure the public today that quite simply, we are prepared,” Kane said, during a Friday morning news conference at the Table Rock Visitors Centre.

    2 plans to rescue daredevil Wallenda

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    From UPI:

    Canadian and American authorities have a backup plan to rescue tightrope walker Nik Wallenda should he be stranded during his walk across Niagara Falls.

    The plan is a backup to Wallenda’s own rescue plan, which would use a system of pulleys and baskets, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Saturday.

    “One of the conditions of the Niagara Parks Commission contract with Nik Wallenda was that he was supposed to furnish his own rescue plan,” said Douglas Kane, chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service in Canada. “We’ve reviewed it. We’re happy with it.”

    Also see the original Buffalo News article called Wallenda, authorities detail stunt backup plans

    Hafen to the rescue, again

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A Niagara Falls helicopter pilot once again swooped into action after two New York State Parks Police officers were reported stranded in the Niagara River waters above the Horseshoe Falls.

    The Niagara Parks Police Service received a call shortly before 6 a.m. on Saturday mroning, with reports that a New York State Parks Police vessel was in distress above the Horseshoe Falls. The officers had been responding to reports of another vessel in distress in the heavy fog, when they began to experience difficulties themselves. The NYSPP vessel had provided assistance to the private boater and then needed help themselves.

    In the darkness, the NYSPP officers were unsure where they sat in relation ot the brink of the falls, and used emergency measures to keep the vessel in place until a possible rescue or until sunlight
    Ruedi Hafen, owner of Niagara Helicopters, was called to the scene after attempts for a land rescue were unsuccessful.

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