Moment driver is pulled from car as it teeters over the edge of Niagara Falls


Moment body of 66-year-old woman is pulled from car as it teeters over the edge of Niagara Falls after vehicle plunged into the icy water

  • A woman was rescued from her car just moments before it went over Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon
  • Buffalo News reporter Stephen Watson said the car had fallen into the Niagara River, and was just about 100 feet from the Falls
  • Rescue crews quickly arrived on the scene, and a member of the Coast Guard descended from a helicopter to rescue the motorist 

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A woman was rescued from her car just moments before it went over Niagara Falls on Wednesday. 

Videos posted to Twitter documented the nail-biting moment Wednesday afternoon.

Buffalo News reporter Stephen Watson said the car had somehow fallen into the Niagara River just about 100 feet from the Falls, facing away from it. 

Rescue crews quickly arrived on the scene, as river water had washed over the top of the windshield and the current reached to the bottom of the side windows.

A member of the Coast Guard was fortunately able to descend from a helicopter just south of the vehicle on a wire, break down the motorists passenger-side door with an ax and free her from the car. They were both pulled back into the chopper, which landed on the shore.

It is unclear how the car wound up in the river, and a news conference is expected later this afternoon. 

Rescue crews arrived on the scene quickly to assess the situation after a car fell into Niagara River on Wednesday afternoon and quickly approached the Falls

Rescue crews arrived on the scene quickly to assess the situation after a car fell into Niagara River on Wednesday afternoon and quickly approached the Falls

The car was just 100 feet from tumbling over Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon when the driver was rescued by a member of the Coast Guard

The car was just 100 feet from tumbling over Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon when the driver was rescued by a member of the Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard rescue driver removed the passenger from the car on the brink of the Falls and lifted her to safety

The US Coast Guard rescue driver removed the passenger from the car on the brink of the Falls and lifted her to safety

The US Coast Guard diver was able to get the trapped woman to safety after lifting her from her car

The US Coast Guard diver was able to get the trapped woman to safety after lifting her from her car

A member of the Coast Guard prepared to descend into the river to free the trapped motorist

A member of the Coast Guard prepared to descend into the river to free the trapped motorist

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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