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Hiker rescued from rock after falling into Niagara River while seeking photo

A hiker who wandered off the trail seeking a photo and ended up falling into the Niagara River was plucked from a rock by emergency services Tuesday.

Man was swept 9 metres downriver before he managed to haul himself onto a rock

Niagara Parks police say a man had to be rescued from a rock after he was swept into the Niagara River Tuesday. (Niagara Parks Police Service)

A hiker who wandered off the trail seeking a photo and ended up falling into the Niagara River was plucked from a rock by emergency services Tuesday.

The man was found standing on a rock three or four metres from shore around 8 p.m., according to Niagara Parks Police, who were called to the river along with Niagara police and EMS.

"It was later learned that he hiked off trail to the river's edge for a photo opportunity, at which time he slipped and fell into the river," stated police.

They add the man was swept about nine metres downriver in the lower rapids before he managed to haul himself up onto the rock where he was later pulled to safety by firefighters.

The man was then helped up to street level, treated by paramedics and released.

Parks police have released a list of reminders for those looking to hike in the Niagara Gorge:

  • Stay on marked trails and follow signage.
  • Using drones is unlawful as the airspace is restricted by Transport Canada and UAVS are a threat to aviation safety and helicopter tours. 
  • Stay away from swift-moving water.
  • Wear proper clothing and footwear.
  • Take a cellphone with you, along with snacks and water.
  • Avoid hiking in the dark, never hike alone and let someone know where you're going.