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Search called off for man who fell in Niagara River

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A search was called off Saturday night for a 25-year-old man who fell into the Canadian side of the Lower Niagara River near the Whirlpool late Saturday afternoon.

Niagara Parks Police said the man was part of a group of about 30 people having a picnic in the Niagara Glen. About 5 p.m., a smaller group went hiking and left the marked trails. The man was seen to climb onto a rock near the riverbank, lose his balance and fall into the river, quickly disappearing beneath the surface of the churning rapids.

The man was not located despite searches by boats and helicopters from the Niagara Parks Police in Ontario, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, joined by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Niagara Falls Fire Department and Whirlpool Jet Boats, Niagara Emergency Medical Services and U.S. Homeland Security.

An official at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Youngstown said the search was called off after about three hours, and a Canadian Coast Guardsman confirmed the missing man was not found. Niagara Parks Police said they will not be releasing the name of the missing man.

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