NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - Members of the Parks Police High Angle River Team were summoned to the White Water Walk this afternoon to assist in the safe removal of patrons who were temporarily stranded in the Niagara Gorge after an elevator outage.
About 60 visitors and four staff members became temporarily stranded in the gorge at 1:40 p.m., when a door position sensor malfunctioned. The elevator had just reached the boardwalk level when the malfunction occurred, and as a result there were no patrons trapped in the elevator.
A team member descended into the gorge to be with the patrons.
The time estimated to repair the elevator necessitated the commencement of an evacuation of the boardwalk using a special device called a Monorack. Approximately 25 people were safely removed using this gasoline powered "alpine railway" before the elevator was restored at 3:20 p.m.
All parties were returned to street level without injury at 3:40 p.m., police said.