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Details submitted by the City of Niagara Falls Public Information Office and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Before 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, the Niagara Falls Fire Department and New York State Park Police responded to a call for two people possibly in the Niagara Gorge, between Terrapin Point and the Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls State Park. Upon arrival, they were advised two people climbed over a railing and fell from the edge.
With members from the Parks Police, fire crews made their way down to search. They encountered slippery, rocky terrain and found a mother and child approximately 70 yards from the top. Once they were able to get to the victims, medical evaluation and rescue attempts were started. The 5-year-old child was brought to the top and handed to Mercy Flight for immediate medical attention.
It was determined that, after lengthy CPR was administered to the mother, she had succumbed to her wounds. Crews worked with the Parks Police and State Police to airlift her out of the gorge.
An investigation is ongoing.