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Kirk Jones in 2004 in front of Niagara Falls.(Chip Somodevilla | Detroit Free Press)

In 2003, Kirk R. Jones became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls without protection.

Two weeks ago, Jones’ body was found downriver from the falls after he apparently tried again, according to police.

Jones, then 40, became the first person in recorded history on Oct. 20, 2003, to survive a plunge into the falls without being inside a barrel or other device. He was wearing only his clothes that day.

His body was discovered June 2 in the Niagara River, at the mouth of Lake Ontario, said Det. Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the New York State Park Police. The location is about 12 miles from the falls.

“That’s the guy,” Nisbet said when asked whether it was the same man who’d survived the falls 14 years ago.

Interesting it was never listed as a failed suicide back in 2003.

Because he certainly succeeded this time.

No rational person could foresee a different outcome.


– syracuse.com

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