The report arrived before sunrise and sent members of the Niagara Parks Police early Tuesday to the thunderous waterfalls.
There was a man in crisis, "the authorities said in a statement shared on Twitter – and he was near Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls that hit Niagara Falls spanning the US-Canada border and drawing tens of millions of visitors a year.
Despite their efforts, the officials appeared to be late on the Canadian side of the falls at about 4 am a sturdy barrier of rough-hewn blocks of stone interspersed with decorative metal railings leading into the roaring waters of the Niagara River, and in a few moments it was thrown across the huge waterfall, vanishing into the impenetrable mist rising from the ravine the man's survival was unlikely Scores are either accidentally or in most cases purposely ges According to the Buffalo News, an estimated 25 people commit suicide each year by crossing the falls.
But as the authorities searched the lower Niagara River for the man, they came across an unusual sight. The man sat on rocks near the riverbank – and he lived.
He was found with no life-threatening injuries and taken to the hospital for further care, the police said. The identity of the man was not released and the authorities refused to offer additional information about the situation on late Tuesday.
"He's a very happy guy, not many people do it and survive," Andy Essor, residing in Ontario, told the Buffalo News, "He definitely has God in his pocket."
The events on Tuesday On the 9th of July 1960, 7-year-old Roger Woodward was rescued after crossing the Horseshoe Falls with a life-jacket after a boating accident on the upper reaches of the river At that time, the American boy was the first to survive the fall without protection from a barrel or other type of ship.
"I was floating in a cloud," Woodward told the Associated Press in 2010, recalling the moment when I had no feeling of ups and downs – I had no feeling in my stomach, as you may have on a roller coaster … the moment your mage turns n is in your throat. "
Woodward is one of at least 12 people who survived a fall before Tuesday, the news reported. According to the Niagara Parks website, more than 6 million cubic feet of water per minute flow over the falls during the main daytime. The natural wonder "may be the fastest moving waterfall in the world," says the park.
In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, a teacher from Bay City, Michigan, was the first person to cross waterfalls in a barrel. The Washington Post reported in 1981 that she was living as part of a stunt she believed was generating quick money would. Thousands of people poured in to witness the journey, which required a tailor-made container with crockery and lead weights and cushions. According to the Post.
Although Taylor emerged from the ordeal, she said she would not do it again for a million dollars.
I'd rather go to the mouth of a cannon if I knew it was going to blow me up than make another trip over the waterfalls, "she later told reporters.
But Taylor's words, and the fact that she never grew rich, made it difficult for other daredevils to try the same feat. The Toronto Star reported that three of the first six people who stuffed themselves into barrels for the stunt died.
Over the years, a handful of people have conquered the decline in equipment ranging from steel drums to giant rubber balls. These thrill seekers are joined by a smaller group: those who lived after passing through without safety devices.
Born in Canton, Michigan, Kirk Jones was the first known adult to experience an unprotected outing at Horseshoe Falls in New York in October 2003. After jumping into the river, which he later described as a suicide attempt, Jones was the first to leap As the crowd cried out in horror, the Detroit Free Press reported in 2004.
"It felt like a team of people beating me with baseball bats," he said.
The Detroit News reported that Jones had two broken ribs and injured some vertebrae. According to the Free Press, he was later arrested by the Canadian side of the Falls and locked up for life. Jones died in 2017 at the age of 53, after trying to overcome the falls again, this time in an inflatable ball with his pet Boa Constrictor Misty.
Two Canadian men reportedly survived waterfalls, one in 2009 and another in CNN in 2012. The man who crossed over in 2012 suffered head and shoulder injuries, lung collapse, and chest and rib injuries, the star reported. On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Diodati of Niagara Falls, Ontario, told the news that the man who was rescued this morning may have been spared because of the high water level.
"I know firsthand that the lake level is always high," said Diodati. "If Lake Erie is higher and more robust to Lake Ontario, there is a greater likelihood that the massive boulders below the Horseshoe Falls will be missing. The only way to ever survive such a fall was to overshoot the big rocks below.
He later added, "In that case, he will hopefully see it as a blessing for that person. "