Man survives after being swept over Niagara Falls, police say

Police - Man Survives After Being Swept Over Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — Canadian authorities said a man survived Tuesday morning after he was swept over Horseshoe Falls, the largest of three waterfalls collectively known as Niagara Falls.

Authorities were called around 4 a.m. Tuesday to respond to reports of a man "in crisis" at the brink of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border, officials with the Niagara Parks Police Service said in a news release.

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Officials responding to the call saw the man get swept away after he climbed a retaining wall and jumped into the Niagara River, according to police and The Buffalo News.

Authorities found him during a search of a lower river, sitting on rocks below the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform, the News reported.

Police said the man was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

According to officials, Horseshoe Falls drops about 188 feet into the Lower Niagara River, with a plunge pool beneath it about 100 feet deep.

Although rare, people have survived similar drops from Niagara Falls before, including Kirk Jones, who in 2003 became the first to survive an unprotected plummet from the falls, according to WIVB. He died after apparently attempting the plunge again in 2017, reported.