Old 22nd October 2003, 02:54   #1
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Man Survives plunge over Niagra Falls

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Man Survives Historic Plunge Over Falls

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (Oct. 21) - A man who went over Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back and survived will be charged with illegally performing a stunt, Niagara Parks Police said Tuesday.

Kirk Jones, 40, of Canton, Mich., is the first person known to have gone over Niagara Falls without safety devices and lived. He could be fined $10,000.

Brian Merrett, chairman of Niagara Parks Commission, called the stunt "stupid.''

"Our people went down in the gorge and got him,'' Merrett said. "That's why we don't condone this. It puts all of our people: the fire department, the paramedics everyone at risk to do the rescues. That's why were are so adamant about stunting.''

Stunned tourists described seeing Jones float by on his back Monday in the swift Niagara River, go headfirst over the churning 180-foot waterfall and then pull himself out of the water onto the rocks below.

"He just looked calm. He just was gliding by so fast. I was in shock really that I saw a person go by,'' Brenda McMullen told WIVB-TV in Buffalo.

Jones was not seriously injured and remained hospitalized in Niagara Falls in stable condition.

Police said they were ruling out the possibility it was a suicide attempt.

"We're investigating it as an intentional act,'' Niagara Parks Police Inspector Paul Fortier said.

He said psychological tests were being conducted at the hospital.

Fortier said police have a videotape of the act that they believe was made by someone who accompanied Jones. That person has not been charged.

Water rushes over the falls at a rate of 150,000 gallons per second.

Only one other person is known to have survived a plunge over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls without a barrel or other contraption - a 7-year-old boy who was wearing a life preserver when he was thrown into the water in a 1960 boating accident.

No one has ever survived a trip - with or without safety devices - over the narrower and rockier American falls.

Since 1901, 15 daredevils have taken the plunge in barrels or other devices, including a kayak and a personal watercraft. Ten survived, said Niagara Falls historian Paul Gromosiak, who has written books on the subject.

Suicides are not uncommon at Niagara Falls, although police are reluctant to give numbers.

Lynda Satelmajer, of Brampton, Ontario, said she and her family watched the man as he entered the river and then went over the falls.

"He seemed a bit edgy, kind of jumping around,'' she said. "He walked over to where we were standing and he jumped and slid down on his backside and went over the brink.

"It was really freaky, actually. He was smiling.''


10/21/03 15:34 EDT

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Old 22nd October 2003, 03:08   #2
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You have to admit, he has got some balls.

Maybe a tad stupid though...
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Old 22nd October 2003, 10:00   #3
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Stunned tourists described seeing Jones float by on his back Monday in the swift Niagara River, go headfirst over the churning 180-foot waterfall and then pull himself out of the water onto the rocks below.
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Old 22nd October 2003, 13:20   #4
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damn, how come people never go over when i visit...

a little while ago, some guy was trying to commit suicide, so he went over...only his foot got stuck in a rock on the very edge of the falls. he was rescued, but he was stuck hanging off the edge of the falls for quite awhile.

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Old 22nd October 2003, 20:21   #6
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I saw that. The news posted a clip of when someone did that like 10 years ago though. And I give props to Futile for having that clip from Office Space as his avator.

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Old 22nd October 2003, 23:13   #7
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I saw this on TV yesterday. Everyone on Fox News called him stupid.
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Old 23rd October 2003, 08:58   #8
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Haha I was laughing when I saw it on TV. Just the thought of someone going over a waterfall and pulling themselves out makes me laugh.

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