CHICCOREAL SAYS; There is more to this sordid story: this dear man was trying to kill himself. Well at least now he will be on the Niagara Falls Wall of Fame for going over the falls. I guess they will have to have a special section for FAILED SUICIDE ATTEMPTS...do they count? Time to get out the tickertape for the Paxil deprived? What is next? Mutual Suicide Leapers? Sic...I thought Niagara Falls was Balls Falls, not Fall Falls to Hades!
Man survives jump over Niagara Falls
Wed Mar 11, 7:21 PM
OTTAWA (AFP) - A man was plucked from the Niagara River on Wednesday after surviving a dramatic plunge over the majestic Niagara Falls that straddle the Canada-US border, police said.
At around 2:00 pm a tourist saw the man believed to be in his late-30s crawl over a wall and enter rapids south of the falls, the Niagara Park Police said in a statement.
Moments later, he was swept over the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, dropping some 56 meters (184 feet) into the river below.
A Canadian rescue team attempted to extract him, "but he refused any assistance and swam further away into the river," police said.
The man then grabbed onto a log, and a private helicopter used the air flow from its main rotor to push the man closer to shore.
A Niagara Falls firefighter, tethered to shore and wearing a dry suit, went into the river and dragged him out, police said.
The man was taken to hospital and treated for a head injury and hypothermia after being immersed in the river's cold waters for almost 45 minutes.
The Niagara Falls are the most powerful falls in North America. They were formed by receding glaciers at the end of the last ice age, with an average four million cubic feet of water from the Great Lakes flowing over the crest each minute and carving a path to the Atlantic Ocean.
The last time someone survived a plunge from these falls was in 2003.