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    Rescue seal at Aquarium of Niagara gets new name, fresh start

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    He’s feisty, playful, and a bit of flirt.

    You’d never guess by looking at 1-year-old Stryker that the Harbor Seal pup almost lost his life.

    He was hit by a boat in New Jersey earlier this year and needed one of his back flippers amputated.

    Because he’s no longer able to survive on his own in the wild, he was brought to the Aquarium of Niagara.

    Would you go over the Falls in this barrel?!

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    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:

    The original
    Hill’s Barrel
    July 1949

    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!

    Daredevilry, Rescue And The Family That Couldn’t Escape The Niagara Falls

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    WBFO, the NPR affiliate in Buffalo, had a short segment recently about Niagara Falls and the heroics of Red Hill Sr.:

    Michael Clarkson grew up along the banks of the Niagara River. As a young reporter, he collected stories of people who challenged the river’s dangerous 165-foot Falls, including the first three to do so…

    Clarkson also heard of a heroic river man and his family, whose tales are interwoven with the history of daredevilry and rescue at the Falls. Here’s their story.

    William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home…

    Getting to the bottom of gorge rescues

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    From the St Catharines Standard:

    It’s a sure sign of summer for Niagara’s emergency workers.

    Calls for high-angle rescues of hikers or tourists come in just about every week. There were two in one day in St. Catharines during a recent weekend.

    Some are mundane — a lost hiker who needs some direction and help up a steep slope. Others are dramatic, such as the high-flying rescue in Niagara Falls in May where a Niagara Parks Police officer was suspended from a helicopter above the Niagara River while helping an injured man in the water.

    “When they are off trail, it’s a naturally hazardous situation,” said Niagara Parks Police Insp. Paul Forcier.

    New Sea Lions at the Aquarium

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    The critter count has grown by two as the Aquarium of Niagara has welcomed two new sea lions into their family.

    The young females were each found stranded under similar circumstances on a beach and rescued by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California back in 2009.

    Ruedi Hafen, Niagara Helicopters’ President and Chief Pilot, Nominated for Aviator of the Year!

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    From a PRWeb press release (via Yahoo! News):

    Ruedi Hafen, President and Chief Pilot of Niagara Helicopters has been nominated under Aviator of the Year for his daring rescue of the man who went over Niagara Falls this past March 11, 2009.

    The man who plunged over the Niagara Falls in March did not want to be saved, but Ruedi Hafen refused to give up. Following up an emergency call, Hafen – founder of tourist flight operator Niagara Helicopters – hovered his Bell 407 over the drowning man, so a police officer could attach a sling to his arm. When he resisted, Hafen used the aircraft’s downdraft to push the would-be suicide safely to shore. Swiss-born Hafen -who has taken Niagara Helicopters to $6 million revenues in 20 years with his Niagara Falls helicopter tour and specialty flight service – was praised in media coverage for his courage, quick-thinking and airmanship.

    “I am honoured to be included in this category with such incredible people as Captain Chesley Sullenberger, Iren Dornier and Jose Miguel Ceppi” said Mr. Hafen.

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