Niagra Falls ....slowly I turn
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. (CP) - A Michigan man survived a plunge over
Niagara Falls wearing only the clothes on his back, witnesses say.
Bystanders at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls said a smiling
man climbed over a wrought-iron barricade early Monday afternoon,
slid down the embankment to the rocks below, stepped into the water
and went over the Falls.
Other witnesses said the man apparently then swam to shore.
The man, whose name was not released, was walked out from the
gorge with the help of emergency services personnel and did not
appear to have any serious injuries.
"When we got down there, the guy had just got onto the rocks
down there," said Capt. Shawn Bates, of the fire department's
rescue unit, who said the man told him he was 39 and from Michigan.
"He swam over to the rocks by himself. He was very co-operative.
He grabbed a hunk of moss and put it in his pocket and said: That's
going to be a souvenir. I don't know if he was thinking quite
The man may be the first person known to have survived after
plunging over the Falls without any safety devices.
That's a miracle, said Lynda Satelmajer, who was sure she was
watching a suicide when she saw the man prepare to go into the
"We thought that he looked odd because he made eye contact with
us and he seemed a bit edgy, kind of jumping around," she said.
Satelmajer said she and her family were standing at the spot
where the man went into the water.
"He walked over to where we were standing and he jumped and
slid down on his backside and went over the brink," she said. "It
was really freaky, actually. He was smiling."
The scene was equally surreal for Lavaughn and Diedre Love, who
were in Niagara Falls to celebrate their first wedding
"The guy just basically jumped in the Falls," Diedre Love
said. "I saw him go over. He didn't yell or anything."
Her husband said the couple had just made their way to the Falls
after watching a movie about the daredevils who had tested the
mighty cataract and failed.
"They did it in a barrel, but this guy went over without a
barrel," he said.
Witnesses said staff on a tour boat attempted to throw the man a
life preserver, but the strong current swept it away.
Somehow the man just swam to the shore, said Satelmajer.
Members of the Niagara Parks police rescue team found the man
and brought him out of the gorge, where he was treated by a medical
team before being taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital.
Hospital spokeswoman Marilyn Bellows said the man was in stable
condition, but declined to provide any additional information about
when he would be released.
Police are investigating the incident. If he did go over the
Falls, the man faces a $10,000 fine.
"We were very, very skeptical that he actually went over the
Falls," said Dave Bredin, the fire department's platoon chief.
Bredin initially believed the man had climbed over the wall of
the deck and got stuck at the shoreline.
"The fall should kill you," Bredin said.
"This guy went over the Falls with nothing on him and he says
he only has a pair of sore ribs? There's no way he would have lived
through that." (Niagara Falls Review)
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Students learn lesson the hard way......?
Stiff discipline after UK schoolboys' Viagra prank
LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Six British schoolboys were
rushed to hospital after taking the erection-enhancing drug
Viagra at lunchtime for a dare, the school said on Thursday.
Forest School in Winnersh, southern England said paramedics
were called after a fellow student told teachers about the
"It is believed that a pupil brought the tablets in from
home into the all-boys school and shared them with five
friends," the local education authority said in a statement.
The Sun newspaper quoted a source at the school as saying:
"By the time the afternoon lessons began, there was no hiding
what they had done."
Paramedics took the six squirming boys to the nearby Royal
Berkshire Hospital, where they were monitored until the effects
"The school has a strict no drugs policy and a pupil will be
temporarily excluded for actions which placed other pupils at
risk," the education authority added.