10-year-old boy plummets 80 feet after losing balance during Niagara Falls photo

A 10-year-old boy plummeted approximately 80 feet after losing his balance while trying to take a picture at Niagara Falls.

The boy was sitting on the railing at Niagara Gorge so that his mom could take his photo.

“As he adjusted his seating position on the railing, he lost his balance and fell backwards,” Shawn Black, Sergeant of the Niagara Parks Police Service, said in a press release. “He then fell approximately 80 feet to the gorge floor below.”

He hit his head, resulting in what was originally considered a life-threatening injury.

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In June 2014, 16-year-old Italian Isabella Fracchiolla tried to take a picture of herself during a school trip to Taranto, a coastal city in southern Italy. She plunged 60 feet onto jagged rocks.

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In November 2014, Sylwia Rajchel, a 23-year-old Polish medical student, was on vacation in Seville, Spain, when she tried to take a selfie on the famous Puente de Triana bridge. She lost her balance on the ledge and fell 15 feet. 

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In January 2015, a 21-year-old woman was allegedly on a first date with her long-distance boyfriend when she died taking a photo. A witness said Cheynne Holloway was standing on a large rock on the second highest point of Johannesburg, South Africa, when the boulder gave away and she fell almost fifty feet.

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In May 2015, Eri Yunanto, 21, was on a hike with fellow students when he fell into the crater of the volcano Mount Merapi in Central Java. He lost his footing while taking a photo and his body was found 320 feet below.

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Mohamed Aslam Shahul, a 21-year-old Singaporean man, died on an island off the coast of Bali in May 2015 after losing his balance when he was hit by a wave while taking a selfie. He fell into the sea from a 6-foot-high cliff. He reportedly couldn't swim and drowned.

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A 21-year-old Russian student died trying to take a 'memorable selfie' with friends next to the Moscow International Business Center in July 2015 . Sources conflict on whether the bridge's fence broke while she leaned on it or if she couldn’t hold on to the railing.

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Eyewitnesses say a Japanese tourist was snapping a selfie with friends at the Taj Mahal's Royal Gate in September 2015 when he and a friend fell from the staircase of the monument. One man died while the friend only broke his leg.

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A 28-year-old South Korean tourist trying to take a picture plunged more than than 1,600 feet off of a cliff at the Gocta waterfall in Peru in June 2016. Divers retrieved his body 20 feet under the Amazonian lake.

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On June 29th, 2016, a German tourist named Oliver Park, 51, was visiting Machu Picchu in Peru when he asked someone to take a photo of him mid-leap in an off-limits area. He slipped off a ledge and fell approximately 130 feet.

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Police and the Niagara Emergency Medical Service came to the scene at 4:34 p.m. on Sunday. Officials stabilized the boy and he was airlifted to McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, the press release said.

The hospital later changed his condition to serious but stable.

The boy and his family were visiting the Canadian side of Horseshoe Falls, which is the largest of the three waterfalls in the Niagara Falls Park system.

“The incident was along the retaining wall (parapet wall) paralleling the Niagara River Gorge (approx 500 metres north of the Horseshoe Falls) near the bottom of Murray Hill and the Niagara River Parkway within the parks,” Black said in an email to the Daily News.

Black said statistics on the number of people who have fallen off gorges or waterfalls in the park were not readily available.

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