Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Possible Suicide Attempt Fails: Man survives plunge over Niagara Falls!

The guy was in the water for 40-minutes and would not cooperate with rescuers. From CNN:

"... Niagara Falls, Ontario, Fire Chief Lee Smith said the man was seen entering the icy water just above Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side, and apparently jumped in about 2:15 p.m.

Smith said the unidentified man was in the near-freezing water for "40-plus" minutes before he was rescued by Niagara Parks Police and Niagara Falls firefighter Todd Brunning.

Brunning, who was tethered to shore, swam about 60 meters (nearly 200 feet) into the river and was able to get hold of the man and bring him to shore. ..."

The pain this man must have been in both emotionally and physically to ride over the falls and insist on remaining in such frigid water for so long.


Ahelee said...

The first man to ever swim The English Channel, Matthew Webb, died attempting a trip down Niagara Falls...

Owen said...

WOW. I'm amazed he didn't get stuck under or bashed against the rocks. Thats just amazing.