About an hour ago witnesses saw a vehicle plunge into the Niagara River's freezing rapids less than 91 meters (about 300 feet) from the edge of the falls. Stephen Watson, a reporter for The Buffalo News, arrived on scene & kept a heart pounding account of the rescue attempt, which is included below in a Twitter thread.
I was on the edge of my seat hoping the person, along with the rescuers, would all be ok as I scrolled through that thread. It was all still unfolding in real time, so before submitting the blog I kept checking for updates so I could confirm the person was going to be alright. Your whole heart wants them to be, especially after such a remarkable effort by authorities.
Unfortunately that is not the case here, and I was incredibly saddened by this update from the US Coast Guard:
I debated even submitting this blog to be published, but have decided to share out of sheer awe of the rescue effort by everyone involved. To face such a seemingly impossible situation in such a terrifying & harsh setting, and put all fears for self aside and try to help another person when the dangers are very real... A truly brave recovery effort & reminder of what first responders like this face every day.
This was his final update before the Coast Guard confirmed the worst.
My heart goes out to all the rescuers, everyone on the scene, & to the family of the victim. I hope it brings them some small peace that they were able to get her ashore.