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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – A woman inside a submerged car near the edge of Niagara Falls was already dead when she was pulled from the vehicle, authorities said Wednesday.

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The car was only 50 yards from the brink of the American Falls, according to New York State Park Police.

A diver had been lowered by helicopter to the vehicle, The Buffalo News reported. The diver, survival technician Derrian Duryea, braved strong winds and swift currents and opened the passenger door, pulled the woman out and lifted her to shore, according to the newspaper.

The woman, whose name was not released, was in her late 60s and was alone in the car, WKBW reported. The car entered the river between the pedestrian and vehicle bridges, the television station reported.

Police said it appears to have been an intentional act.

Overnight, the car appeared to have turned upside-down and had drifted at least 40 yards to within 40 feet of the falls, WIVB reported.

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“We have never had a vehicle in the water this close to the brink,” New York State Park Police Capt. Chris Rola said at a news conference.

It is unclear what led to the incident, police said.

According to Rola, the Coast Guard was used after park police could not make a successful recovery, CNN reported.

The New York Power Authority lowered water levels during the incident to allow easier access to the vehicle, the News reported.

A police drone was used to read the vehicle’s license plate and determine how many people were in the vehicle, according to the newspaper. The woman was the only occupant in the vehicle.