07-12-2004, 10:39 AM #1
Rescuers pluck woman from brink of falls7/12/2004
NIAGARA FALLS - Rushing in just as she appeared to be jumping, rescuers plucked a distraught woman from a narrow ledge at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls late Sunday.
The woman, thought to be a local resident, was loaded onto a gurney and pulled over the railing to a waiting ambulance just before 11 p.m. She was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation.
State Parks Police and Niagara Falls firefighters were called to Terrapin Point at 10:02 p.m. for a woman in the water. Parks Police Sgt. Patrick Moriarty said that by the time they arrived, the woman had climbed to a 2-foot-wide ledge about five feet below ground level, at the edge of the falling waters.
"She just stood there like a statue, very distraught, crying," he said. "She was threatening to jump."
When she raised her arms as if to jump, Firefighter Gary Carella grabbed her arm, and other rescuers "pretty much tackled her," Moriarty said.
The harnessed rescuers then secured the unidentified woman to a gurney and raised her up the edge of the gorge as hundreds of onlookers cheered in approval.
I would like to tip my helmet to these brothers whose quick action and dedication made a difference. Great job guys!Shawn M. Cecula
IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS
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