Woman swept over Niagara Falls, presumed drowned

BUFFALO, N.Y.,  (Reuters) – A college student who  overstepped a safety railing fell into Niagara Falls over the  weekend and searchers looking for her body on Monday found an  unidentified male body instead.

The 19-year-old international student from Japan was  presumed drowned after she plunged into the fast-flowing waters  near the brink of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the  falls at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to Canadian park  police.

She had climbed over a railing and straddled it while  enjoying the view with a friend, police said.

“The young woman stood up in what appeared to be an attempt  to climb back over when she lost her balance and fell,” reads a  statement from Canadian park police.

No foul play is suspected in the incident, police said.

The woman’s identity was withheld pending notification of  her family in Japan.

The falls are on the border between the Canadian province  of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York.

With a helicopter hovering above, an international search  party scoured Niagara Falls Gorge for her body. On Monday, she  remained missing but searchers instead spotted an unidentified  male body at the base of the falls in an area known as the  whirlpool, police said.

Authorities were working with the coroner’s office to  identify the body, which was not thought to be connected to  Sunday’s accident.

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