In this photo provided by Jared Fisk, Niagara Falls emergency officials rescue a man who plunged over Niagara Falls and survived in an apparent suicide attempt, Monday, May 21, 2012. The man is only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device and live. A waiting helicopter flew him to Hamilton General Hospital, where a spokeswoman says he has critical but non-life-threatening injuries. (AP Photo/Jared Fisk)
Updated: May 22, 2012 8:48AM
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A man is in stable condition at a hospital in Canada after plunging at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls in an apparent suicide attempt.
The man is only the third person known to have lived after going over the falls without a safety device.
Witnesses have told police they saw the man climb over a railing at the Horseshoe Falls just before 10:30 a.m. Monday and jump into the Niagara River. He surfaced in the river near an observation platform and made it to shore on his own.
Rescuers who were lowered to reach him have said he appeared to have chest injuries, including broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital, where a spokeswoman says he was in stable condition Tuesday morning.