NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A man survived a 50-metre plunged over Niagara Falls on Monday, becoming only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device and lived.
Police and fire crews arrived at the scene around 10:20 a.m. after witnesses reported seeing a man climb over the retaining wall and deliberately jump into the river waters.
The man, believed to be in his 40s, went over the Horseshoe Falls and surfaced in the lower Niagara River basin adjacent the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform, Niagara Parks Commission Police said in a release.
The man was swimming around when rescue crews located him and brought him to safety at about 12:16 p.m. as a crowd of Victoria Day tourists watched in shock.
Police said the man sustained life-threatening injuries. He was transported by an ORNGE air ambulance to a Hamilton area hospital.
The surrounding area was closed after the incident.
The last person to go over the Falls and survive was a 30-year-old Canadian man in March 2009.
In October 2003, a man from Michigan also survived.
Cheers ! HF&RV -Les