Niagara Falls has a strong attract, particularly if you happen to’re a daredevil. Yearly, it attracts individuals hoping to affix the privileged ranks of those that have gone over the falls and survived.
Again in 1995, 39-year-old California stunt man Robert Overacker hoped to affix that unique membership…till tragedy struck on his manner down.
On October 2, 1995, Overacker arrived at Niagara Falls to execute a stunt to boost consciousness for the homeless. He deliberate to Jet Ski over the falls on the Canadian aspect, deploy a parachute, and land safely.
In footage captured by witnesses, Overacker’s stunt seems to have gotten off to begin.
However that they had no concept that he was in for hassle.
After going over the sting of the falls, Overacker let go of his jet ski. Strapped to his again was a specifically designed parachute with thrusters. These thrusters had been presupposed to deploy earlier than the chute to be able to be certain that he was far sufficient away from the falling jet ski. Someplace alongside the road, nevertheless, there was a malfunction. The parachute didn’t open, inflicting Overacker to fall to his demise.
His harrowing ultimate moments may be seen within the video beneath:
Not lengthy after the leap, Overacker’s physique was discovered by the Maid of the Mist, which is a well-liked Niagara Falls tour boat. Crew members introduced his physique on board and tried to resuscitate him, but it surely was already too late.
(by way of LA Times)
Whereas what occurred is a tragedy, it’s important to admit that it’s in all probability probably the most epic manner that somebody might ever exit. Right here’s to you, Robert Overacker!