Tonawanda News — New York State Park Police say they have now recovered the body of a man who fell into the Lower Niagara River near Devil’s Hole and the body of a woman who was swept over the brink of the falls.
Both incidents occurred on Saturday.
Police said a body pulled from the area near Devil’s Hole on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Narang “David” Kim. Kim, 23, a UB student, fell into the swift moving waters of the lower river as he and some family members were walking in the gorge, off of the posted hiking trail.
Searchers had been in the Niagara River gorge since Saturday night looking for Kim.
“The young man had stepped on to a rock that was at a very steep angle into the water,” Park Police Lt. Patrick Moriarty said. “There was also algae on the rock making it very slippery.”
Moriarty said, at that point along the shoreline in the river gorge, the water moves so swiftly that “if you put too much of your foot in there, (the current) just grabs you.”
“He apparently slipped into the water and before he could grab onto something he was pulled in,” Moriarty said. “He was last seen being pulled out into the middle of the river, down river from the whirlpool.”
Police said they recovered the body of a woman near the Maid of the Mist docks, below the falls, on Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy confirmed it was a 37-year-old woman who went over the Falls, near Prospect Point, on Saturday night, after the accident in the lower river gorge.
Officers had received a report of a woman in the rapids, just above the falls, around 9:40 p.m., but by the time they reached the area, the woman had gone over the brink.
“She was standing in the water and then just gave up and went over (the brink),” Moriarty said.
Police said the incident was a suicide. Because the death was a suicide, police are not identifying the victim.