Police May Review Safety Barriers at Niagara Falls
While police in Niagara Falls say the safety barriers set up to discourage tourists from getting too close to the falls are fine the way they are, they aren't against reviewing what is currently in place.
The statement comes as they continue to search for the body of a 19-year-old Japanese student studying in Toronto, who fell into the water on Sunday evening. Posing for a picture for her friend, the young woman climbed the barrier to sit on a stone pillar, straddling the metal safety fence, all while holding her umbrella. She lost her balance and fell into the water by the Horseshoe Falls.
Police say the entire incident was caught on security camera and don't suspect foul play.
When asked about the security measures, Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane admits they can always do things better but maintains the signs warning people not to climb the barriers are very affective. He calls incidents like this rare.
Those visiting the falls agree it's well marked to avoid danger. However, some tourists say moving the metal part of the barrier closer to the sidewalk would make it harder for people to climb.
Kane reveals in their search for the woman, they found the remains of a man Monday morning. On Sunday, another man had fallen into the water down the road near Rainbow Bridge, after crawling over the safety rail, falling 30 feet and injuring himself.