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Angler rescued from rock in Niagara Gorge amid rising water

A man who ventured Sunday onto a large rock offshore in the Niagara Gorge had to be rescued by New York State Park Police when rising water prevented him from getting back to shore.

Police received a call about 8:35 a.m. for a man stranded 25 yards from shore between Whirlpool and Devils Hole parks.

Water levels in the Niagara River fluctuate due to power plants and other factors. The man had been fishing from the rock since early morning,  and didn't notice the water rising.

Police directed the New York and Canadian power authorities to lower the river level, and a rescuer waded to the rock and brought the man to shore.

Police did not identify the fisherman, except to say he was from Frankfort, in Herkimer County.

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