Thursday, January 14, 2010

Daredevils of Niagara Falls: Robert Overacker



Robert Overacker, a 39 year old man from Camarillo, California challenged the Niagara River and the mighty Horseshoe Falls at 12:35 p.m. on October 1st 1995. Riding on a single jet ski, Overacker launched himself into the Niagara River upstream of the Falls from the area of the Canadian Niagara Power Plant . Robert Overacker rode his jet ski directly at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

At the brink of the Falls, Overacker ignited a rocket propelled parachute that was strapped to his back. His plan was that the rocket would quickly deploy the parachute allowing him to safely land in to river below the Horseshoe Falls where he could be rescued. Overacker did ignite the rocket which deployed the parachute as planned. Unfortunately as the parachute deployed it fell away from Overacker to the ground below. Unknown to Overacker the parachute was not tethered to his body. The parachute was not packed by Overacker prior to the stunt and he was unaware of this fatal error. His step-brother and a friend witnessed this unfolding tragedy as Overacker fell to his death to the water below the Falls.

Robert Overacker was married and had no children. Overacker became the fifteenth person since 1901 to challenge the Falls. Robert Overacker challenged the Niagara River and paid with his life. His body was recovered by staff at the Maid of the Mist.
(Source: http://www.niagarafrontier.com/devil_frame.html )

I chose this particular daredevil to start this blog category because of this great photo. I am blowing it up larger and putting it behind my desk - a great photo of the Mighty Niagara with a little surprise in the bottom left corner!

3 comments:

kimo1953 said...

Are there any other photos of this event?

Anonymous said...

I had family visiting from germany and they were actually able to file it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Get6j81Aon8

Anonymous said...

I had family visiting from germany and they were actually able to film it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Get6j81Aon8