Niagara Gazette

July 28, 2013

Police searching gorge for man who fell into lower rapids

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

State Park Police were again searching the lower gorge for a person who slipped into the rapids on Sunday.

While searching, a body was found on the Canadian shoreline but it was not the man park police were searching for.

A man fishing near the whirlpool area slipped and fell into the fast-moving waters while fishing Sunday morning, about 6 a.m.

Park Police Lt. Patrick Moriarty told the Niagara Falls, Ont., Review that a man fishing with the victim called police. 

"They observed him being pulled to the middle of the river and then he disappeared," Moriarity said.

"We're looking for an adult, black male, 22-years-old," he said.

A similar search was conducted earlier this month after a 23-year-old UB student slipped into the water while stepping on to a rock in the river near Devil's Hole.

The body of Narang “David” Kim was found days later.

On Sunday, a helicopter from the Erie County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Coast Guard and a Whirlpool Jet Boat were called to help search for the man as police did a shoreline search.

In addition to searching, Niagara Regional Police spokesman Const. Rich Gadreau said the helicopter from the Erie County Sheriff's Department recovered the body as well.

"Because of its location, it was the safest way," he said. "It is not suspicious, an investigation is ongoing and we have no information on the (identity)."

— The Niagara Falls, Ont., Review contributed to this story.