A woman was successfully rescued from the Niagara River on Tuesday after authorities, including the Lewiston Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, responded to a report that a person had been seen in the water.
According to Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte, the woman, a United States citizen, is believed to have gone into the water near Devil's Hole State Park, and was carried north by the river's current, where she was eventually rescued approximately 500 feet north of the Lewiston Sand Docks.
"I can't tell you how lucky she is to be alive, going through that portion of the river without a life jacket," Previte said, noting that she passed through area where the outtakes for both the U.S. and Canadian power authorities are located. "It's quite remarkable that she survived the journey."
Previte said when the woman was rescued, she was conscious and responsive, but he was uncertain of her status as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. She was transported by ambulance to Mount St. Mary's Hospital for treatment after being pulled from the water.
Authorities do not suspect foul play in this incident, but Previte said the woman did not end up in the water by mistake. It is believed she was in the water for somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes before rescuers were able to locate her.