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Woman swept over Niagara Falls, presumed dead

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario - Authorities say a woman is presumed to have drowned after being swept over Niagara Falls when she fell from a railing along the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

Niagara Parks Police in Ontario say two female students in their 20s from the Toronto area were visiting the falls around Sunday night when one of them climbed onto a railing near the river's edge and sat on a block pillar, with her legs straddling the railing.

Police say the woman stood up and apparently lost her footing, falling into the river about 80 feet upstream from the brink of the falls. Officials say the river's swift current swept her over the falls.

According to CBS affiliate WIVB in Buffalo, authorities say surveillance video captured the incident and showed no one else in the immediate vicinity of the victim when she lost her footing. Because of that, police don't suspect foul play.

"It would appear that this is a tragic accident by misadventure, with fatal consequence," a police official told the station.

Authorities resumed scouring the waters above and below the falls Monday looking for the body.

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