Man miraculously survives plunge over Niagara Falls

  • Man miraculously survives plunge over Niagara Falls

Man miraculously survives plunge over Niagara Falls

A man was swept over the Niagara Falls Tuesday morning, surviving with only minor injuries, police say.

Niagara Park police responded to a call at 4:00 am Tuesday about a "man in crisis" on the brink of Horseshoe Falls, a 188-foot (57-meter) plunge.

The man, who was not identified by police, was found sitting on rocks near the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform after a search of the lower river, Forcier said in a news release.

He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to officials.

"He's a very lucky guy".

An estimated 5,000 people have perished going over Niagara Falls. Horseshoe Falls is the largest, followed by American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

It felt like he was "floating in a cloud" and that he had "no sense of falling whatsoever", he recalled. During peak daytime tourist hours, more than 6 million cubic feet of water rush over the crestline of the falls every minute, according to the Niagara Parks website.

The features, the park says, "may be the fastest moving waterfalls in the world".

Some have also survived after going over the falls in barrels or with flotation devices, while others have died in the attempt.

Horseshoe Falls, which lies between the U.S. Niagara Falls is responsible for draining Lake Erie and Lake Ontario; The Washington Post reports that many areas in the Great Lakes region have experienced 150 to 200% of their yearly precipitation rates this year, causing flooding.

Horseshoe Falls, where he fell, is 167 feet high.

"I know firsthand the lake levels are at all-time high levels. The only way you would ever have a chance to survive that kind of a fall was to overshoot the large rocks below".

"In this case, for this individual, hopefully he will see it as a blessing", he said.