A Niagara Falls police officer says the three Frankfort men who wandered dangerously close to Niagara Falls Sunday didn't seem like "bad kids."
“I think they just saw something that was daring, and they wanted to do it," said Lt. Patrick Moriarty with Niagara Parks Police. "Unfortunately they suffered the consequences.”
A rope rescue team from the state Parks Police rappelled about 50 feet into the Niagara River gorge below the Cave of the Winds to rescue the three 20-year-olds who had climbed down onto rocks near the shoreline at the base of the Horseshoe Falls, Moriarty said.
Adam Jones, Michael Samples and Edward Goins were hauled up to safety at the top of the falls and then charged with disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. One of them also was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The three were spotted in the gorge shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, and the rope rescue team escorted them to safety shortly after.
Moriarty told The State Journal today that it’s the first time his agency has had to rescue people from that area.
He called the area “treacherous,” and characterized by rip currents, rapids and slippery rocks. It’s completely closed to the public.
“They’re lucky they didn’t slip and fall,” he said. “They’re lucky the current didn’t take them out to the middle – once you get sucked out, you’re not going to swim back in.”
The three appeared in court Monday morning on misdemeanor charges and have been released on bail, Moriarty said. They are expected back in court Sept. 5, he said, and could face between 30 days and one year in jail.