Mum jumped off Niagara Falls with son, 5, ‘in suicide plunge’ but boy survived
A boy who was forced to jump 90ft of Niagara Gorge by his suicidal mum has miraculously survived the horrific moment.
An unnamed 34-year-old woman from Illinois, US, had climbed over the railings on the Goat Island section of Niagara State Park on Sunday (February 12).
She shockingly plunged into the sub-zero ice bank with her five-year-old son in her arms and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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The boy, however, remarkably survived and remains in a critical condition at hospital in Buffalo where he's had emergency surgery on a head injury.
The unnamed boy who'd been on holiday with his mum and dad, was taken via emergency helicopter to the Oishei Children's Hospital.
The Park Captain, Chris Rola, praised everyone involved in rescuing the boy – and confirmed that they boy's mother “did not make it”.
He told local media: “Although today it’s nice out, it’s very icy down there.
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“It’s real tough terrain that our guy and our girls were able to get through and get to them and provide that life-saving care and do everything they could.
“We were going to make every effort for that child that was still alive at the time.”
“Niagara Falls is a tough place to perform rescues, but State Park Police have a swift water rescue team we have high angle rope rescue guys that train all the time.
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“Niagara Falls fire is great, and as you can see, the state police are a great partner with us and their aviation crews top notch.”
The husband, and other witnesses, were interviewed by police at the scene.
No further information or police comments have been released to the public, and it is being reported that the names will be kept out of the public domain in order to protect the boy.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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