2 People Go Into Niagara Falls
2 people went into Niagara Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, last week in apparent suicide attemps. Only one was successful.
One was Canadian and did not have a passport to come to the American Falls. The American Falls is much more rocky and any trip over the Falls will end up in death. The Canadian Falls have had a few survivors, with people "going over the falls in a barrel".
Niagara Parks Police said witnesses reported seeing the man climb over a railing 20 to 30 feet out over the Horseshoe Falls the morning of Monday May 21, 2012 and "deliberately jump" into the Niagara River. Seriously injured, he surfaced in the lower Niagara River basin near the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform and managed to make it to shore on his own.
"He waded ashore," said Platoon Chief Dan Orescanin of the Niagara Falls, Ontario, Fire Department. "He must have gotten swept into an eddy, floated over there and was able to get out on his own.
The next day, a man jumped over the American falls, falling to his death. New York State Park Police say video surveillance confirmed a witness report that a tall, slim man around 50 to 60 years old was swept away after he entered the Niagara River above the falls Tuesday morning.
Suicides are not uncommon at the falls, but authorities don't routinely report them out of concern they'd encourage copycat attempts.