While searching for a female Japanese student who fell into the waters above Niagara Falls on Sunday, searchers found the body of an unidentified male instead.
The 19-year-old Japanese student is presumed dead after she fell into the water above Niagara Falls and vanished on Sunday night.
The teen was swept over Horseshoe Falls, which straddles the U.S.-Canadian border and is the widest and most viewed of the three cataracts that encompass Niagara Falls.
The accident occurred on the Canadian side while the woman was viewing the falls from an area known as Table Rock at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night.
The Associated Press reports that according to Niagara Parks Police in Ontario:
"Two female students from the Toronto area were visiting the falls around Sunday night when one of them climbed onto a railing near the river's edge and sat on a block pillar, with her legs straddling the railing."
The teen then reportedly stood up, lost her footing, and fell from the railing, which was about 80 feet upstream from the edge of the falls.
"The young woman stood up in what appeared to be an attempt to climb back over when she lost her balance and fell," reads a statement from Canadian park police.
The other woman with her was not injured. News reports indicate that the incident was captured on surveillance video and that no foul play was suspected.
As an international search party scoured Niagara Falls Gorge for her body on Monday, police say they spotted an unidentified male body at the base of the falls in an area known as the whirlpool.
The body was not thought to be connected to Sunday's incident and authorities were working with the coroner's office to identify the man, according to Reuters.
The fall at Niagara comes just a month after three members of a church group were swept over a waterfall in Yosemite National Park.
Sunday's incident also comes as high-wire artist Nik Wallenda pushes forward on his attempt to cross the famous falls. New York officials have endorsed the idea as a way to bring much-needed tourism dollars to the region, but Canadian officials have yet to approve it.
Niagara Falls was once a major draw for daredevils, though stunts have been banned for decades.