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Man survives jump into Niagara Falls

A man has survived a plunge into the 174-foot-tall Canadian "Horseshoe" Falls
A man has survived a plunge into the 174-foot-tall Canadian "Horseshoe" Falls

A man is alive, but badly injured, after plunging into Niagara Falls.

Niagara Parks Police says witnesses saw the man climb over the retaining wall above the Horseshoe Falls and enter the waters below without any sort of protective device around 10:20 this morning.  He was then seen surfacing in the lower Niagara River.

An officer located the man near the shoreline as the Niagara Falls Fire Department, the Niagara Regional Police Service and Niagara E.M.S. arrived at the scene. He was extricated at 12:16 p.m. and taken via  ORNGE air ambulance to Hamilton General Hospital.

According to a police statement, the man sustained life-threatening injuries.  Police are investigating the incident.

This is the third known time a person has survived a plunge into the Falls without a safety device.  The last to do so was a 30-year-old Canadian man in March 2009.