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Niagara Parks Police pull man from the brink of Horseshoe Falls

Emergency personnel pulled a man waist-deep in water from the Upper Niagara River near the Horseshoe Falls Sunday night, the Niagara Parks Police Service said.

At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, members of the Parks Police, Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Falls Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to the bus parking lot next to Table Rock Complex at 6650 Niagara Parkway, where they found the man clinging to a branch approximately 150 to 200 feet above the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in an apparent suicide attempt.

Police negotiators were called to the scene, where they got the man to agree to partially adorn a safety vest attached to a life-line from the river bank.

At one point, however, the man removed the safety line and leaned back toward the direction of the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. A member of the Niagara Parks Police Service – High Angle River Team, grabbed the man and held him until another member of the team assisted. The two officers were then hoisted from the river with the man in tow.

Once safely out of the water, the man was apprehended for his own safety and taken to a hospital by Niagara EMS for further care.

“I am very proud of the efforts of our members and those of our partner agencies which led to this successful outcome.” NPPS Chief Mark K. McMullen said. “It is extremely rewarding when we see such a positive result to a very difficult situation and a life is saved. It is a testament to the specialized training our members routinely engage in.”

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