Local man first to survive trip over Niagara falls sans any safety devices.

See? We even have dumbasses here in Canton, Michigan. Fellow Canton resident Kirk Jones dove into the water at Niagara Falls on Monday and plunged head first over the edge without so much as a life preserver to emerge alive and relatively unharmed 170 feet down. I must admit that on the one hand it’s a pretty cool feat, but on the other it’s still a pretty dumbass thing to do.

Canton man takes flying leap into Niagara Falls

Kirk Jones’ leap into Niagara Falls fame began around 12:45 p.m. Monday on the Canadian side, known as Horseshoe Falls.

Terry McMullen of Columbus, Ohio, was sightseeing Monday with his wife, Brenda, when he heard her scream.

“I turned and I was looking at him right in the face when he passed, and another 20 feet and down he went,” said McMullen, who snapped photos. “He was on his back, his face up and he had his arms stretched level with his head, feet first,” calmly and quietly floating toward the precipice.

Brenda McMullen became distraught, figuring she had seen the remaining seconds of a man’s life.

But minutes later, as people yelled out to call 911, the McMullens saw Jones climb out of the water onto a rock.

Jones’ stunt will likely earn him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as well as a likely $10,000 fine from severely pissed off officials. In this day and age of Jackass inspired idiots I’m willing to bet it’ll also generate a lot of imitators and a bit more thinning of the gene pool as a result.

Now that I think about it, that may not entirely be a bad thing…

11 thoughts on “Local man first to survive trip over Niagara falls sans any safety devices.

  1. What frustrates me is that this dumb shit is going to go out and get a lawyer (or one will find him) to sue the state of New York for not having sufficient protection in place to prevent him from being a dumb shit.

    The next day, a bunch of goddamn blue hairs who watched this brilliant display will go out and get lawyers themselves, and sue the dumb shit for post-traumatic stress from witnessing his near death tumble.  Which makes me wonder why we haven’t heard about a class action suit by some reptile on behalf of those who witnessed the Roy Horn incident. No offense to reptiles intended.

  2. I just heard this morning that he was trying to commit suicide…I REALLY couldn’t stop laughing for quite a while. Not that I was making fun of his mental state, but at the utterly ridiculousness of his stunt and the consequences. Ah hell, who am I kidding? I WAS laughing at his stupidity! I can ONLY hope he was high when he did it- maybe I’ll stop laughing soon, then!

  3. So you think it’s stupid to do something you or most people can’t even think of trying. Climbing the stupid Everest mountain must be really stupid then… taking useless risks, bothering *officials*…! Who’s the jackass here, I wonder.

  4. I find it amazing you would even attempt to compare climbing Mount Everest and jumping into the falls at Niagara. If people attempted to climb mount Everest in the same manner as this idiot went about the tackling the falls you’d end up with some moron with nothing more than a parka and no supplies whatsoever trying to scale the mountain without warning and without telling anyone only to find his dumbass frozen to death before he reached a third of the way up.

    Yes, to me, that’s pretty fucking stupid. It’s one thing to do things that others can’t or won’t and going about it in a prepared and responsible way and it’s another to just jump in and see what the fuck happens.

  5. Michael Hoff Productions and National Geographic are workiing to produce a documentary on Niagara Falls.  In my search for Kirk Jones a Niagara Falls survivor, I came across your web page.  I am interested in contacting Kirk Jones in an effort to interview him and add him as a component of our show.  If you have any information that could assist in the search for this individual it would be greatly appreciated.  I can be reached at 510-597-2008 or email Bwalton@mhptv.com.

    Thank you for you time,
    Barry Walton

  6. I’d forgotten you wrote this.

    I used to live a couple blocks away from there, and it’s funny hearing that. That’s exactly the shit that everyone complained about.. some guy jumped the rails, maybe he gambled his life away at the casino or something, and you’d have to try and NOT show the floater in the water.

    But then it almost seems like people killing themselves at the falls was some sort of cult phenomena; lots of varied stories of floaters here, there and everywhere, as well as people jumping out hotel windows to their probable death.

    One of the hotels on the Canadian side has this wedge sort of sticking out the side, almost like a canopy. We used to joke that it was there to catch the bodies so that even if people died, they died on private property and it wouldn’t be the public dime cleaning it up.

  7. So you think it’s stupid to do something you or most people can’t even think of trying. Climbing the stupid Everest mountain must be really stupid then… taking useless risks, bothering *officials*…! Who’s the jackass here, I wonder.

    Crossing an ocean in a sailing ship, with only basic navigation, having no idea how far it is, looking for riches…

  8. Barry,

    I don’t have any contact information for Mr. Jones myself, but you may have better luck contacting one of the local reporters who write the news article I originally used to write this entry about.

    Patricia Montemurri of The Detroit Free Press wrote the news item about Kirk Jones and she can be montemurri@freepress.com.

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