Man rescued by police before his boat was swept over Niagara Falls – CBC.ca

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Man rescued after falling off watercraft in restricted water above falls
Police rescued a man along Niagara River on Wednesday, shortly before his boat was swept over the Horseshoe Falls.

According to Niagara police, the man fell off his watercraft around 7 p.m. in the restricted waters near the International Control Dam, located at Niagara Parkway and Upper Rapids Boulevard. 

Niagara Parks Police say it was on Wednesday September 11th at 7:00 p.m. when a 9-1-1- call alerted them to a man who had fallen off his personal watercraft in  restricted waters at the International Control Dam.

After locating the man, who was found floating and wearing a life jacket, officers positioned themselves in three locations along the shoreline between the former Toronto Power Generating Station and the brink of the falls.

Officers managed to remove the man using a safety line and a ladder, Niagara police said in a news release Friday. 

The personal watercraft later went over the crest of the Horseshoe Falls and was recovered the following day in the lower Niagara River basin.

His boat, however, went over the falls, and was recovered the following day in the lower Niagara River basin.

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Police say another person was also observed driving a boat in the restricted waters, who steered back toward shore. 

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The combination of the police throwline and a fire department ladder was used to remove the man from the river.

A Niagara resident rescued in the upper Niagara River Wednesday has been charged under the Canada Shipping Act.

Niagara Parks Police say a man had fallen off his watercraft at about 7 p.m. in restricted waters at the International Control Dam. Officers with rescue lines positioned themselves along three shoreline locations between the Toronto Power Generating station and the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

The man was located wearing a personal flotation device near the north end of the decommissioned power station.

With help from the Niagara Falls Fire Department, a line was thrown to the man and he was pulled from the river. He was taken to hospital with what police called non-life threatening injuries.

Vessels are prohibited on the Niagara River between the mouth of the Welland River and the crest of the Horseshoe Falls. The area is marked by signage and restricted marker buoys.