05/21/2012 02:26 EDT | Updated 07/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Man Rescued After Niagara Falls Plunge


A man was rescued after plunging over Niagara Falls on Victoria Day as visitors looked on.

According to a release from the Niagara Parks Police Service, witnesses saw the man climb a retaining wall above the Horseshoe Falls and “deliberately jump,” at 10:20 a.m. ET on Monday.

The man was then seen going over the falls.

The Niagara Falls Fire Department said the man was rescued at the base of the Canadian side of the falls.

Platoon chief Dan Orescanin told The Associated Press that the man waded to shore after surfacing in the lower Niagara River basin near the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform.

“He must have gotten swept into an eddy, floated over there and was able to get out on his own,” Orescanin said.

"That's another stroke of luck," Orescanin said. "If he was in the main current, he would have been swept down river."

The Ornge air ambulance service confirmed a man in his early 40s was taken to Hamilton General Hospital trauma centre.

The hospital later confirmed that the man was in critical condition, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

The Niagara Parks Police Service is still investigating the incident.

The last person known to have gone over the falls unaided and survive was a 30-year-old Canadian man in March 2009.

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