10 brave men against Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls - an amazing sight. It consists of American Falls (Horseshoe) Falls and Bridal Veil Falls Canada. Its beauty and power of Niagara Falls has attracted visitors for centuries. Starting from 1820 here came the tourists, artists, environmentalists and the couple, and even daredevils.
Annie Edson Taylor
The first man who swam across a waterfall 63hletnyaya Annie Taylor crossed Niagara Falls in a barrel on his birthday October 24, 1901 The only thing that separated Annie from the roaring waterfall barrel is compressed using the air pump and its happy pillow. After 17 min barrel caught and opened. Edson Taylor received only a small wound on his head. Taylor told reporters: Until the last breath I will try to dissuade others from such a feat ... She died in poverty in 1921
The first man who crossed the waterfall Englishman Bobby Leach worked in a circus Barnum and Bailey. He wanted to perform three tricks: pass the whirlpool in a barrel, down with a parachute from a suspension bridge and cross the Niagara Falls. July 25, 1911 Mr. Leach in a steel box crossed the Horseshoe Falls. In fact, to bring him back to life, it took 22 minutes. The man had broken kneecaps and jaw. He also tried to overcome Niagara swim, but failed. He died of gangrene in 1926
The first man, who was killed while trying to cross a waterfall Devil Barber of Bristol in England was known daredevil, he refused to check their oak barrels, even after he himself Bobby Leach told him to do it. July 11, 1920 Mr. Stevens has taken a dangerous stunt. Hands he tied to the walls of the barrel, and the legs to the anvil. Charles issued from its barrel when this is the anvil broke through the wall. All that remains - is his right arm with a tattoo Do not forget me, Annie.
George A. Statakis
The second man, who was killed in a waterfall A native of Greece, George Statakis hoped that the glory of a successful jump into the waterfall will help him to publish articles about metaphysics and religious mysticism. George built strong barrel weighing 907 kg of steel and wood. July 5, 1930 Mr. Statakis and barrel survived a risky leap. Unfortunately, the first time in the history of Niagara Falls barrel with Statakisom got inside for the water curtain. The poor fellow choked, but 150ti-year-old turtle, which he took with him for good luck, survived.
Red Hill Jr.
The third in the list of victims Hill helped his father to catch people out of the river and waterfall. Red, like his father, was crossing the rapids and waterfalls, but still could not achieve fame in this field. 21 years have passed since the death of George Statakisa, and no one else attempted to cross the roaring monster. Modest means Hill designed a Thing of 13 nested one inside the other pipes laid and sealed web network. August 5, 1951 Mr. Hill attempted to cross the Horseshoe Falls. In the eyes of his mother, wife and daughter thing emerged bit by bit, but without its creator. The next day found his beaten body. Death Reda Hill, Jr. has led the creation of the law banning stunts at Niagara Falls.
First black decade later, Nathan Boya tried again Reda Hill. Boya at first convinced that his rubber air balloon missing for 30 hours. July 15, 1961 g, he began his perilous journey, and for almost swept the ball to the American Falls. Boya was fined $ 100 for illegally jump.
The first non-American Karel Sousek, originally from Czechoslovakia and lived in Canada, has made the jump in 23 years after the last successful trick desperate daredevils. Sousek called himself the last of the Niagara daredevils and spent a year planning and advertising your trip. July 2, 1984 Mr. Karel assistants threw his red barrel into the river from the Canadian coast. This lightweight plastic vessel was constructed to float feet first. Sousek held in water for 45 minutes and earned only minor injuries. He was fined $ 500, and the barrel was confiscated.
The first double jump in John Manda Falls became the ninth man leaped to Niagara Falls. He did it in his gray and red aluminum barrel of October 5, 1985 he filmed his jump in the video, he was fined $ 1,500 for illegal stunt. The second attempt took place on August 26, 1993 Manda lost consciousness and was rescued by fishermen.
Jeffrey Petkovic and Peter Debernardi
Jeffrey and Peter became the first couple, leaped into the waterfall. Their yellow barrel steel and Plexiglas was launched on September 28, 1989 They survived and were fined $ 20,000 for his daring jump.
The fourth victim Jesse Sharpe is well managed with a kayak. He wanted to be the first person to swim Horseshoe Falls kayak. Jesse refused the helmet or a life jacket. He was famous for his risky stunts, and his parents are often pre-warned the police about the next mission. This time, Sharp took along friends, so they filmed the jump. June 5, 1990 Mr. Jesse Sharpe was last seen at the edge of the Horseshoe Falls. Kayak found after a while, but his body was not.