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Man Survives Niagara Falls Plunge

Third ever to go over unassisted and live to tell tale
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2012 3:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say a man plunged at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls and survived—only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device (ie, a barrel) and lived. Niagara Parks Police say witnesses reported seeing the man climb over a railing at 10:20 this morning some distance above Horseshoe Falls "and deliberately jump." He surfaced near an observation platform on the Niagara River.

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The man, believed to be in his early 40s, was rescued about two hours later and taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Police did not identify him. The last person to go over the Falls and survive was a 30-year-old Canadian man in March 2009. In October 2003, Kirk Jones of Michigan survived. (Read more Niagara Falls stories.)

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