One-time Niagara Falls survivor dies after apparent repeat stunt

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The first person to survive a death-defying plunge into Niagara Falls without protection has died after apparently attempting the feat again in an inflatable ball, according to U.S. media.

Hundreds of onlookers stood by in shock as the 36-year-old mother-of-three hung by her teeth, with the use of a mouth guard, and performed a number of poses including handstands and splits. He was the first person to survive the 180-foot plunge over the falls, without a safety device or protection since 1960.

The stunt failed, resulting in Jones' death, Nisbet said.

According to a contemporary account of the stunt, shortly after the successful attempt was made, Jones told his friends at a rowdy drunken weekend-long party in MI that he was going to try making the unprotected plunge, three weeks previous to the attempt.

Mr. Jones was the first (and presumably only) person to survive an unprotected plunge over the falls in October 2003. His family told reporters then that he'd planned it as a daredevil stunt.

Jones was fined nearly $3,000 and got banned from Canada for life. "I ask that no one ever try such a bad stunt again I understand what I did was wrong". Not many of Jones' friends believed he would actually go through with the brash attempt, but he proved them wrong.


After appearing in court in December 2003, he said depression had led him to climb down an embankment and float feet first over the falls.

United States 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.

The impressive stunt above the Niagara Falls was accomplished by the wife of one of the most talented and appreciated stuntmen in the industry. He heard people screaming that there was a man in the water, he said. The bottom, he said, felt like smashing into a table.

There's no evidence the guide was ever published.

Soon after his Niagara Falls' plunge, Jones got a job as a stunt performer in a circus based in Florida.

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