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Niagara Falls jumper upgraded to good condition

05/27/2012 08:03 EDT | Updated 07/27/2012 05:12 EDT

The man who survived a plunge into Niagara Falls has been upgraded to good condition at Hamilton General Hospital.

Jennifer Kramer, spokesperson for Hamilton Health Sciences, said the unidentified man who leapt into the water below the Falls on Victoria Day weekend has improved, after he was previously listed as critical.

The man jumped into the Niagara River in an apparent suicide attempt, but survived the 57-metre plunge, Niagara Parks Police Service said.

He surfaced in the river near an observation platform at the Journey Behind the Falls, a series of tunnels near the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the river.

Niagara Falls firefighters lifted him out of the water. He was transported by air ambulance to Hamilton General, where he has remained since.

His name has not been released.

Niagara's rushing waters claimed another victim this weekend when an international student from China, who was having a barbecue with friends, drowned in the Niagara River.

The 22-year-old entered the water to cool down in the area known as the Whirlpool, but was soon struggling against the strong currents of the river, Niagara Regional Police said.

A number of people tried to get him out of the water, to no avail. Emergency workers weren't able to find him and he is presumed drowned.

Niagara Parks Police are investigating.

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