04-14-2012, 11:17 AM #1
Anyone Remeber this Niagara Falls Stunt?
I was in Niagara Falls yesterday, and someone told me about this stunt that happened in 1995. Guy went over the Falls on a ski. Didn't work out the way he planned.
Robert Overacker, a 39-year-old man from Camarillo, California, went over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at approximately 12:35 p.m. October 1st on a single jet ski.
Entering the Niagara River near the Canadian Niagara Power Plant, he started skiing toward the Falls. At the brink, he attempted to discharge a rocket propelled parachute that was on his back. It failed to discharge. His brother and a friend witnessed the stunt.
At first it seemed that he had survived the plunge, but the rapids have a strange way of flailing a corpses' arms around, often giving the appearance of a person swimming. Robert Overacker was later retrieved from the water, taken to Niagara General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His body was recovered by Maid of the Mist staff. Overacker, married with no children, became the fifteenth person since 1901 to intentionally go over the Falls in or on a device.
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04-14-2012, 11:35 AM #2
04-14-2012, 11:54 AM #3
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that had to hurt.....
04-14-2012, 01:37 PM #4
how much can you do for the homeless.., when you're dead?
04-14-2012, 02:10 PM #5
04-14-2012, 02:11 PM #6
04-14-2012, 03:40 PM #7
04-15-2012, 01:18 AM #8
Ouch...bet he won't try that again.
Years back there was crazy bartender at a place I used to go for drinks near the restaurant where I worked. We kinda thought he was full of crap telling us how he went over Niagara in a barrell not once, but twice. Turns out it was true & recognized him on a stunts gone wrong show a few years later after his 5-person bungie jump from the Skyway Bridge in Tampa didn't work out too well. The guy was even completely insane as a bartender. You'd be sittting there & all of a sudden he'd take a big swig of 151, blow out a huge fireball & light the whole bar on fire.
04-15-2012, 02:03 AM #9
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