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Submerged car teetering on edge of Niagara Falls had dead woman inside, NY cops say

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A woman, determined to be dead, was pulled from an almost entirely submerged car teetering on the edge of Niagara Falls, authorities in New York said.

The woman’s body was pulled out of the water on Dec. 8 after a Coast Guard officer was lowered to her vehicle stuck in the Niagara River on the New York side, the Buffalo News reported.

She was in her 60s, State Park Police told the outlet.

“Air Station Detroit helicopter crew members hoisted one female from the vehicle in the Niagara River and transferred her to local EMS,” the U.S. Coast Guard for the Great Lakes said in a statement. “The individual was pronounced deceased on scene.”

Previously, the Coast Guard said she was unresponsive in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

“Saddened by the tragic loss of life at the Niagara River today,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement on Twitter on Dec. 8.

Bystander footage shows the car surrounded by the rushing rapids of the river as a Coast Guard officer was lowered with a wire down to the vehicle.

Witnesses saw the woman’s car floating in the water before noon until it was caught on rocks near the edge of Niagara Falls, State Park Police told WGRZ.

“We’ve never had a vehicle in the water this close to the brink,” State Park Police Capt. Chris Rola told the outlet.

He said the car entered the water at Goat Island.

Before the Coast Guard arrived on scene to recover the woman’s body, a drone was used to determine how many people were inside the car, according to WGRZ.

The woman is local to the Niagara area, The Associated Press reported.

She was not identified at the time of writing, according to the AP.

McClatchy News has reached out to State Park Police and the Coast Guard for further information.

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