Men hiding from police rescued from gorge sewer

2/27/2004

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - The U.S. Border Patrol had to wait until daybreak Thursday to rescue two men who were hiding from police in a storm sewer in the Niagara Gorge near River Road and Quain Street.
A member of the Niagara Regional Police Service found a rope near the bridge of the gorge just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

The U.S. Border Patrol saw two people on a ledge and then asked for help from the Niagara Parks Police High Angle Access Team. Because of the dangerous terrain, attempts to locate the men were delayed until daybreak.

At about 7:30 a.m., with the help of a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter, the two were located after trying to elude police by hiding in a storm sewer, said Chief Tim Berndt of the Niagara Parks Police.

Police had to negotiate briefly with the men before they exited the storm sewer. Both were lifted from the gorge with the assistance of the Niagara Falls Fire Department.

The names of the two men were not released pending further investigation by the Niagara Frontier Integrated Border Enforcement Team of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


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