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Title Niagara Gorge Trips Raft Recovery on the Niagara River at the Whirlpool
Creator  Unknown
Type  Still Image
Collection  General Photograph Collection
Extent  8" by 10"
Medium (f)  Black 7 white photograph
Notes  A thirty-seven foot long air inflated rubber and nylon raft belonging to Niagara Gorge River Trips Inc. (owned by George Butterfield of Toronto) carrying twenty-seven tourist and two pilots capsized in the Whirlpool Rapids throwing everyone into the wild churning white water. Three passengers died from drowning. Twenty-six survived this ordeal. The accident occurred during the 11th trial run of this raft tour through the Niagara River rapids. The raft had departed from the Maid of the Mist dock at the base of the Prospect Point Tower and was about two mile downstream of a five mile route to Lewiston, New York. The three dead persons were identified as: Julia Martinez, age 30 of Toronto; David Ross, age 37 of Toronto and Anthony Sawczyk, age 24 of Niagara Falls, New York. Three of the survivors were admitted to the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. Each of the passengers had paid fee of $20 for this journey. The youngest passenger was 16 years old and the oldest was 52 years old. Four of the passengers were women. To further add to this tragedy, one man, piloting a 22 foot - 250 horsepower jet boat died of a heart attack while attempting to recover this raft from the Whirlpool
Provenance  Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada
Date Copyrighted  September 3, 1975.
Subject  Niagara River - Accidents
  Niagara Whirlpool and Rapids
  Spanish Aero Car
Place Name  Niagara (river)
Source  Niagara Falls (Ont.) Public Library
Record ID  397683
Digital image 
Format image/jpeg
Size  750px X 1065px
Resolution  150ppi X 150ppi
Digitization B&W Scan
Equipment Unknown
Date 2014-01-15
Physical items 
Filing No.   Format       
D525984  Black and white photograph     

 

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