The report came in before sunrise and sent members of the Niagara Parks Police scrambling to get to the thunderous waterfalls early Tuesday.
There was a man "in crisis, said the authorities in a statement shared on Twitter – and he was close to Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, which stretches Cross the US-Canada border and draw tens of millions of visitors each year.
Despite their efforts when officers arrived on the Canadian side of the falls around 4:00 am, they seemed to be late.
The Park Police said they saw the man climb over the restraining wall, a sturdy barrier made of coarse-grained boulders imbued with decorative metal lines and into the raging waters of the Niagara River. Within moments, he was swept over the huge waterfall, disappeared into the impenetrable guns,
With no protective clothing and facing a rough 188 foot drop into a shaking pool of water filled with huge rocks, history suggested that man's survival was untrue Scores have died during the jump either accidentally or in most cases intentionally. According to Buffalo News, 25 people annually commit suicide by crossing the waterfall.
But when the authorities knocked down the lower Niagara river to the man's Tuesday morning, they came across an unusual sight. The man was sitting on rocks near the river – and he lived.
He was found with life-threatening injuries and transported to the hospital for further care, police said. Man's identity was not released and the authorities refused to provide further information on the situation late Tuesday.
"He's a very lucky guy. Not many people do it and survive," said Ontario resident Andy Essor to Buffalo News. "He certainly has God in his upper pocket."
Tuesday's events unfolded on the 59th anniversary of another miraculous story of survival in Niagara Falls. On July 9, 1960, 7-year-old Roger Woodward was rescued after crossing the Horseshoe Falls in just one life jacket after a sailing accident on the upper part of the river. At that time, the American boy was the first to survive the fall without protection against a barrel or other type of vessel.
"I floated in a cloud," told Woodward Associated Press in 2010, recalling the moment he went over. "I had no feeling up or down. I didn't have any sensation in my stomach that you might have on a roller coaster … the moment your stomach is in your neck."
Woodward is one of the least 12 people who have survived plunges before Tuesday reported the news. During the exciting daytime, there are more than 6 million cubic feet of water that throw over the waterfall each year, according to the Niagara Park website. The natural wonder "can be the fastest waterfall in the world," the park said.
In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, a teacher from Bay City, Mich., Became the first person to cross the waterfall in a barrel and live as part of a stunt which she thought would generate some quick cash, The The Washington Post in 1981. Thousands flocked to witness the trip, requiring a custom made container that had a harness inside and was fitted with a main weight and pillow, according to The Post.
Although Taylor emerged from the trial, she said she "wouldn't do it again for a million dollars."
"I would soon go up to a cannon's mouth that knew it was going to blow me apart than to make another trip over the waterfall," she told reporters later.
But Taylor's words and the fact that she never got rich did little to deter other guardians from trying the same. The Toronto Star reported that three of the first six people who filled themselves in barrels for the fatalities died.
As the years went by, a handful of people have overcome drop in contraptions ranging from steel barrels to giant rubber balls. Connection to these tension seekers is a smaller group: those who lived after having passed without a safety device.
Kirk Jones, a resident of Canton, Mich., Became the first known adult to live through an unprotected ride down the Horseshoe Falls in October 2003. After jumping into the river in what he later described as a suicide attempt , Jones took the barrel's feet first as spectators screamed in horror. Detroit Free Press reported in 2004.
"It felt like a team of people were beating me with baseball bats," he said.
Detroit News reported that Jones suffered two broken ribs and hit some vertebrae. He was later arrested and banned for life from the Canadian side of the falls, according to Free Press. Jones died in 2017 at 53, after trying to cross the waterfall again, this time in an inflatable ball with his pet boa constrictor, Misty.
Two Canadian men have also reportedly survived suicide attempts on the fall, one in 2009 and another in 2012, according to CNN. The man who went over in 2012 continued to hold gashes in his head and shoulder, a broken lung and chest and rib cuffs, the star reported.
On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Diodati of Niagara Falls, Ontario, told the news that the man who was rescued this morning may have been spared due to high water levels.
"I know, first of all, that the sea levels are at a high level," Diodati said. "When Lake Erie is taller and more robust to Lake Ontario, there is a better chance of missing the massive rocks below Horseshoe Falls. The only way you would ever have a chance to survive is to overcome the great rocks below . "
He later added:" In this case, he will hopefully see it as a blessing for that person. "