Man survives plunge over Niagara Falls waterfall

Horseshoe Falls shown in January

Horseshoe Falls shown in January

A man seen swept over the Horseshoe Falls in an apparent suicide attempt survived the almost 17-storey plunge early Tuesday morning and was found sitting on rocks below, the Niagara Parks Police Service said.

The man climbed over a retaining wall on Horseshoe Falls and was swept over the 57-metre drop, said the police service on Twitter.

He was later found sitting on the rocks below.

The man, who police have not identified, was taken to hospital.

Rescue teams searched the basin below and eventually came upon the man sitting on rocks near the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform.

"He's a very lucky guy". "He definitely has God in his top pocket".

Niagara Falls is notoriously deadly, and has proven fatal to many who have tried to survive a plunge over the falls.

His fall coincidentally came exactly 59 years to the day that a 7-year-old boy named Roger Woodward went over the falls with a lifejacket on, and also survived.

But Taylor's words, and the fact that she never got rich, did little to dissuade other daredevils from attempting the same feat. Crews were called to the area after getting reports of a suicidal man at the brink of the falls.

"I know firsthand the lake levels are at all-time high levels", Diodati said. "When Lake Erie is higher and flowing more robustly to Lake Ontario, there is a better chance of missing the massive boulders under the Horseshoe Falls", Diodati said.

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

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