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Old 03-11-2009   #1
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Guy survived Niagra

Looks like a suicide attempt but he lived. Maybe the jet kayak could make it.

(CNN) -- A man went over Niagara Falls and survived Wednesday afternoon, one of the few people to ever survive the plunge unprotected, authorities said.
The man was in the near-freezing water for "40-plus" minutes before he was rescued.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Fire Chief Lee Smith said the man was seen entering the icy water just above Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side, and apparently jumped in.
Smith said the unidentified man was in the near-freezing water for "40-plus" minutes before he was rescued by Niagara Parks Police and Niagara Falls fire crews working on the ground, in the water and in the air.
Niagara Parks Police personnel in a helicopter used the wind from the chopper's rotors to help push the man closer to shore, Smith said.
He said the man was "being rotated in a cyclic fashion" by the river's very strong currents.
The man did not aid in his rescue, officials said, though it was not immediately clear whether he was physically unable to or he did not want to do so.
The man's "chances of survival without the quick response would be lessened," Smith said.
All of the agencies train for situations like this, he said, and they are put to the test about a dozen times a year. Still, he called Wednesday's rescue "amazing."

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