NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - This past weekend, a young man was swept away by the raging current of the Niagara River after slipping off the rocky shore.
Narang "David" Kim, 23, was born and raised in Buffalo and was a rising star in the UB School of Management. He, like many others who walk along the trails adjacent to gorge, was standing on the rocks when he fell in.
Park visitor Lisa Vitello said, "I don't think they know the terrain. And I think they are not as cautious as they should be, and they don't realize how dangerous it can be down here."
People who regularly hike the trails know the dangers. And they also see all too often, many people taking chances.
"They usually are just looking to get as far into the experience as possible and they're not sure what they're dealing with," Vitello said.
Park Police say their advice to others is simple: don't get so close to the water.
Lt. Patrick Moriarty said, "If they stay on the trail, if they stay on the marked trail, they shouldn't have any problems. It's when people go off the trail when they get into trouble."
But getting people to follow that advice is another story. News 4 spoke to some young adults after they came up from the rocky shore and they said they know it's dangerous.
Joe Smigiel said, "You just got to be real careful what you're doing. It's real dangerous down there. One wrong slip and it's a real bad day."
With white rapids and sharp rocks throughout the lower Niagara River, once someone falls in, survival is tough.
"Unless you're an unbelievably strong swimmer, you're not getting out," Vitello said.
Saturday night rescuers stopped searching for Kim after a woman went over the falls. But officials have since learned that case was a suicide.
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