Tag: niagara river

    Canadian parks police pull man from waters above Horseshoe Falls

    No Comments

    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.

    Mystery surrounds death of Kirk Jones

    No Comments

    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The curious case of the death of Kirk Jones is not closed.

    Despite the recovery and identification of Jones’ body, New York State Park Police are still trying to piece together the details of what happened to Jones on the morning of April 19.

    At the moment, they have just as many questions as they have answers.

    Why did Jones, who survived a suicide attempt over the Horseshoe Falls in 2003 make another attempt to survive the perilous 167-foot plunge?

    Why wasn’t Jones inside the 8-foot plastic ball, that was going to be his vessel, when it was spotted in the Niagara River rapids and then, finally, went over the falls?

    And where is the 7-foot long boa constrictor, named Misty, that he apparently had planned to have join him on his ride?

    See also:

    Man dies in Niagara Falls after surviving 2003 plunge

    No Comments

    Speaking of daredevils and the risks they take…

    From Niagara This Week:

    A man who survived a plunge over Niagara Falls without protection in 2003 has died after he went over again, this time inside an inflatable ball.

    Police tell the Syracuse Post-Standard the body of 53-year-old Kirk R. Jones was found in the Niagara River by the U.S. Coast Guard on June 2.

    Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the New York State Park Police says it’s the same man who became the first person to survive an unprotected plunge over the falls in October 2003.

    Nisbet says investigators believe Jones attempted to go over the falls inside a three-meter ball on April 19.

    1938: Disaster over Niagara Falls

    No Comments

    I came across this today, and had never heard it before. I’ve obviously heard of the event that led to the destruction of the Honeymoon Bridge, but I’d never heard a radio broadcast from the day it happened. CBC has a nice archives section and here is the audio for a broadcast that day:

    In a cloud of snow and ice, the great bridge that crossed the Niagara River has collapsed upon itself. Now, all that remains of the Honeymoon Bridge are tangled cable lines, crushed wooden beams and twisted metal. Under the weight of an enormous amount of ice, the bridge’s beams gave way and fell into the freezing water below. In this on-the-scene report, CBC Radio captures the spectacle of the disaster as hundreds of tourists look on in shock.

    Limited construction expected at Niagara Falls bridge crossings this season

    No Comments

    From WBFO News:

    Cross-border travelers have more than Canada’s sesquicentennial to celebrate this summer. Canada’s history is going to change recent history on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s three crossings this summer.
    Read More…

    Jet boats take to Niagara River for early season

    No Comments

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours launched five jet boats into the Niagara River Tuesday to get prepared for the summer season of taking people into the river rapids. Read More…

    Hornblower cruises season starts (last) Saturday

    No Comments

    I know I’m a couple of days late…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a fourth season, starting Saturday.

    The relatively mild winter meant there was no ice buildup in the Niagara River, so the boat tour operator set the April 1 start date and also began accepting bookings last month.

    “We have some weather and ice-modelling programs that we’ve created over the last couple of years and, about a month ago, we knew there were not going to be any significant ice concerns so we livened up our ticket sales,” said general manager Mory DiMaurizio.

    The popular tourist attraction also opened April 1 last year.

    “It was a great early start to the season and a great indicator of what was a landmark year,” he said.

    By comparison, the 2015 season didn’t start until April 30, following one of the coldest, longest winters on record. It’s inaugural season in 2014 started May 15.

    Boats are equipped with radiant heaters and visitors have the option of viewing the cataracts from “dry zone” areas.

    See also:

    Funny business down in the gorge

    No Comments

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With help from some friends, Niagara comedian David Green has found the funny side to being lost in the woods.

    Or at least the Niagara Gorge. Last fall, Green and a camera crew headed into the steep, often dangerous area near the Niagara River to film the “thrillarious” comedy Gorge. Read More…

    Ice Boom Thwarts Nature and Tourism for the Profit of NYPA

    No Comments

    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    It’s been over ten years now since I addressed New York Power Authority executives at their re-licensing hearing seeking the elimination of the ice boom on Lake Erie – Niagara River. Read More…

    NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: Bridges at mighty Niagara Falls

    No Comments

    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Last week marked the 79th anniversary of the collapse of the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (better known as the “Honeymoon” Bridge). Opened in 1898, it was the third of four bridges Read More…

    %d bloggers like this: