One-time Niagara Falls survivor dies in repeat stunt

Kirk Jones, who survived historic Niagara Falls plunge, dies in return 14 years later

The ball was recovered, empty, by the Maid of the Mist boat near the foot of the falls.

Erendira has attempted stunts since she was 5 years old and said she hopes she can perform another act with her husband five years from now - or pass the tradition of daredevil feats on to the next generation. Why, for example, would you choose a South African cabernet sauvignon over one made in Argentina, or Australia, or the United States, to say nothing of Italy or France?

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

County and city officials who helped finance the stunt hope people watching news coverage will feel the same pull.

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In 2003 Mr Jones was fined by a Canadian court for performing an illegal stunt and banned from the country. But Jones said he was trying to kill himself.

U.S. media said her stunt set a Guinness World Record for height, breaking a record established by her husband Nik when hanging from his teeth 250 feet (76 meters) above Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. "I ask that no one ever try such a awful stunt again". He described the water above the brink of the falls as "like an ice bath" and said the pressure was so great "I thought it would rip the head from my body".

"But I can tell you now, after hitting the falls, I feel that life is worth living". He heard people screaming that there was a man in the water, he said.

He broke his ribs and bruised his spine in the 180-foot fall into the Horseshoe Falls along the US-Canada border, where water rushes at 150,000 gallons a second. The bottom, he said, felt like smashing into a table.

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In the end, it was Niagara Falls that would take him. There's no evidence the book was ever published.

The family of Jones, a resident of Spring Hill, Florida, had not been reached by police as of June 15.

Crews from the Niagara Falls Fire Department and other local public safety agencies spent several hours in the Niagara Gorge on Friday as part of a body recovery operation.

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