Canadian man survives after being swept over Niagara Falls –

By Cliff Pinckard,

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — A Canadian man suffered only non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning after being swept over the Horseshoe Falls, according to reports.

According to the CBC, Niagara Falls police say the man appeared to be in distress and was seen climbing over a retaining wall above the falls on the Canadian side at about 4 a.m.

After going over the 188-foot falls, the man was found sitting on rocks near the water, CNN reports. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The water at the top of the falls reaches a speed of about 25 mph, the CBC reports. The river at the base of the falls is 100 feet deep.

The Buffalo News reports the man is the fifth person who wasn’t in a barrel or other protection to survive a trip over the falls since 1960. The News reports he likely benefited from the Niagara River’s high water level.

Officials say the high-water level gave the man a better chance of missing boulders at the base of the falls.

According to the News, it’s estimated that 25 people each year end their lives by going over the falls.

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