Man reluctantly rescued after plunging into Niagara FallsMarch 12th, 2009 - 6:32 pm ICT by ANI
New York, Mar 12 (ANI): A man, who jumped into the icy cold waters of the Niagara falls in an apparent suicide bid, reluctantly allowed himself to be rescued by the police and fire service crew.
It took almost 45-minutes to retrieve the man from water, who repeatedly swam with the current.
“He didn”t want to be rescued. That’’s what made it so difficult. He was actually shouting at us to get away,” said Ruedi Hafen, a local helicopter pilot who runs aerial tours of the falls and helps in rescue operations.
Globe and Mail.com quoted Chief Doug Kane of Niagara Parks Police as saying that the man, who was recovering in hospital last night, scaled a retaining wall south of the falls and jumped into the swirling waters at 2:11 p.m. on Wednesday.
Shortly after, the waters carried the man over the Horseshoe Falls, one of three that make up the greater Niagara Falls. He plunged some 55 metres into the waters below, the force of impact ripping the clothing from his body.
By the time the injured man was pulled from the water, about 45 minutes had passed…He wouldn”t have lasted much longer in the ice-cold water,” Hafen said.
The man’’s name won”t be released. Police believe he deliberately entered the water, and rebuffed rescue attempts. (ANI)
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