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Reports: Person survives plunge over Niagara Falls

Reports: Person survives plunge over Niagara Falls

A man has survived a plunge over Niagara Falls, clinging to a log long enough for a private helicopter to create a current that pushed him to safety, according to reports.
Investigators tell a Buffalo television station, WGRZ, that the victim was semiconscious when he was rescued and was taken to a hospital in Niagara Falls, Canada. His condition was not immediately known.
While investigators were not yet calling the leap a suicide attempt, they say the man did enter the water on his own. Authorities got a call from a witness telling them a man had jumped into the Horseshoe Falls, as the Canadian Falls are known. A short time later, he was seen near the base of the falls, clinging to a log.
A private helicopter from Niagara Falls Helicopter was called in and got within 10 feet (3 meters) of the victim. Wind from the chopper's blades forced enough of a current to push him closer to shore where rescuers could get to him.
The last person known to survive a plunge over the falls was Kirk Jones, a former auto parts salesman from Michigan who climbed down a small embankment and jumped into the Niagara River on Oct. 20, 2003.
Jones said he had been depressed and had been drinking vodka and cola when he went over the famous falls on the Canadian side, a drop of 180 feet (54 meters).
At least 17 people _ not including suicide attempts _ are known to have gone over the falls.
Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
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Associated Press Writer Ben Dobbin in Rochester contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-08-01 05:13 GMT+08:00