One person in Ontario is lucky to be alive after this man survived a plunge over Niagara Falls. According to The Toronto Star, Niagara Parks Police responded to call of a person in crisis near the edge of the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls around 4:00 AM on Tuesday. Officers arrived on scene and saw the man leap over the retaining wall and then jump into the river, before he toppled over the falls.
According to a report by CBC, the rapids above the falls reach a maximum speed of 40 km an hour. So this means that the man was travelling at a dangerously escalated rate, before he was thrown off the edge of the falls.
An estimated 168,000 cubic metres of water goes over the edge every single minute, before plummeting approximately 57 metres to the water below.
Perhaps the most bizarre part of the whole story is that during the emergency search of the lower Niagara River Basin, the man was found just sitting on the rocks at the water’s edge behind the Falls observation platform. Police later confirmed that the man was rescued and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police also stated that due to privacy laws, the man’s identity would not be released and no further details will be given about the shocking incident, according to The Toronto Star.
According to The Niagara Falls Reporter, it is estimated that 40 people are killed each year due to being swept over the fall, most of which are considered to be suicides. However, other figures claim that the number of yearly suicides is somewhere between 20 and 30, many of which are not publicized by officials.
According to a report by CNN, the majority of jumps take place from the Canadian side of the waterfall, which accounts for between 55% and 70% of suicides.