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    Rescuers talk man away from water above falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A man who waded into the water about 120 metres above the Horseshoe Falls was convinced to come back to shore by a Niagara Parks Police officer and city firefighters Thursday.

    The incident occurred around noon-hour near Table Rock House, when a tour bus arrived at the usual stop on the south side of the building.

    Passengers disembarked the bus. But one man, a 35-year-old tourist, ran from his wife and toward the stone wall meant to keep people from getting too close to the falls.

    “He ran at the retaining wall and vaulted himself over,” said parks police Insp. Paul Forcier.

    When firefighters and police arrived, they found him on the dangerous side of the wall, holding onto branches on shore to avoid being swept away.

    Firefighter Taylor Urquhart approached him, but the man moved further down river.

    At one point, he was about 50 feet from the brink of the falls.

    Gorge wall gets a spring tune-up

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s a job with a great view -as long as you are not afraid of heights.

    “I find it exciting every time I go over,” said Gordon Rosa, a mason supervisor with the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Each year, Rosa and his crew climb into a cage which is then lifted over the retaining wall near the brink of the falls by a large crane, and they are lowered into the gorge.

    It’s all part of the annual rock scaling operation along the great gorge wall on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls. The job lasts about a week.

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