Canadian woman dies when swept over Niagara Falls

TORONTO Wed Jun 1, 2011 3:40pm EDT

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TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian woman died when she was swept over Niagara Falls in what witness accounts indicate may have been a suicide, authorities said.

Tourists saw the woman enter the rapids on the Canadian side of the Niagara River on Tuesday and then plunge over the Horseshoe Falls, according to police.

The woman was dead when the Maid of the Mist tour boat reached her below the falls on the U.S.-Canadian border, according to the Niagara Falls Regional Police in Ontario.

The cause of death has not been determined, but there was no evidence from witness reports the woman struggled to stay alive in the water or foul play was involved, police said.

The woman's name was not released, but police said she was a 51-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

(Writing by Allan Dowd. Editing by Peter Bohan)

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