A daredevil who survived a stunt jumping into Niagara Falls died during a second attempt where he tried to cross the turbulent waters inside an inflatable ball. Kirk Jones’ body was found around 12 miles from the iconic waterfall, three months after he attempted the bold act.
According to Mirror Online, He is believed to have traveled to Niagara in mid-April, when the giant ball was found spinning in the water.
The Niagara Gazette reported how authorities believe he slipped out of the ball when it landed in the water.
Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet told the outlet the stunt had obviously failed, leading to his death, and his body was discovered on June 2.
In 2003, Jones became the first person to survive going over the waterfall without any protection.
He wore nothing but jeans, trainers and two winter coats for the jump.
Although his family says he only did it as a “daredevil stunt”, he later claimed he had been trying to kill himself.
Following a court appearance, he was fined $3,000 and banned from Canada for life.
At the time, he said: “I ask that no one ever try such a terrible stunt again.
“I understand what I did was wrong. You’ll never see an action in Niagara waters with my name written on it again.”