Man Survives Going Over Niagara Falls

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Man Survives Going Over Niagara Falls

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - ( A man is alive after going over Horseshoe Falls, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, in front of a crowd of shocked Victoria Day tourists.

He survived the plunge and was swimming around when rescue crews from Niagara Parks Commission Police and Niagara Fire came to the scene.

A crane was used to lift him out of the falls. The man was airlifted to hospital but there is no word on his injuries at this time. The surrounding area is closed for the incident.

According to a release from the Niagara Parks Police Service:

On Monday, May 21st 2012 at approximately 10:20 a.m. witnesses reported to Niagara Parks Police Service patrol personnel that they had observed a male subject climb over the retaining wall approximately 6 –10 meters above the Horseshoe Falls and deliberately jump into the river waters.

The male subject was witnessed going over the Horseshoe Falls and surface in the lower Niagara River basin adjacent the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform.

The subject was located by a Niagara Parks Police officer along the rocky shoreline as he collapsed in waters that were up to the subject’s waist. The Niagara Falls Fire Department, the Niagara Regional Police Service and Niagara E.M.S. responded to the scene. The subject was extricated by the Niagara Falls Fire Department from the lower Niagara River shoreline at approximately 12:16 p.m and transported to a waiting ORNGE air ambulance which was dispatched to the Niagara Parks Commission bus management traffic loop nearby. The subject was transported by ORNGE from the scene to a Hamilton area hospital.

The subject sustained life-threatening injuries. Investigation is continuing by Niagara Parks Police Service personnel.