Teenager Dies After Falling Into Niagara Falls Gorge

A teenage boy has died after he fell into the gorge at a popular tourist hotspot in Niagara Falls, New York, according to police.

Emergency crews raced to the Gorge Rim Trail at Whirlpool State Park at about 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, after the 14-year-old boy reportedly climbed over a fence and intentionally fell.

According to CBS affiliate KHOU, when New York State Park Police (NYSPP) officers arrived, they dived into the gorge to search for the teen.

Other park officers and crew members with the Niagara Falls Fire Department (NFFD) made their way to the Whirpool stairs, the network added.

When officers found the teenager he was dead and they said they believed he had intentionally fallen into the gorge. His body was recovered by firefighters, park police officers and New York State Police Aviation.

According to KHOU, police said the name of the victim wouldn't be released to the public due to his age. Niagara County Crisis Services is working to assist the family.

NYSPP said people who might be struggling with mental health issues should consider reaching out for help and also wanted to remind people that May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

A spokesperson for the police told KHOU: "We stand in solidarity with those who are experiencing mental health conditions and our commitment to help individuals get the support they need and deserve."

Whirlpool State Park is a popular destination known for its views of whirlpools and rapids. There are also hiking and fishing locations away from the main park area.

Newsweek has contacted the NYSPP and NFFD for comment.

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Suicide was the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 and was the fourth-leading cause among those aged between 35 and 44 that year.

There were nearly two and a half times as many suicides in the U.S. compared to homicides, which stood at 19,141 that year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,642 suicides in New York State in 2020, one of the lowest rates when adjusted for population.

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A file photo of a police car. A teenager was pronounced dead on Sunday after falling into Niagara Falls gorge. Getty