Man clinging to branch for two hours rescued from Niagara River just 75 yards from Falls

  • 16 Nov - 22 Nov, 2019
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A man who spent hours clinging to a branch in the Niagara River was rescued in dramatic fashion, just 75 yards from the brink of the fast-moving falls. New York State Park Police responded to a report of a 59-year-old man in the river hanging on to a branch around 11:45 a.m. On the first, the current and location prevented officials from reaching the man. They reached him on the second attempt, but he “broke free,” after fighting with his rescuers. Eventually, State Park Police Maj. Clyde Doty suggested that he should arrange to have rescuers downstream, so that if the man was pushed that way, he could be intercepted. “I just kept telling him, ‘I got you, I got you,’” he recalled, noting that the man was conscious but not alert. The ground crew eventually pulled them to shore, and the man was taken by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He remains in stable condition in the intensive care unit.