The Story of the Stuntman who attempted to Zoom over Niagara Falls

Robert Overacker, a 39-year-old man from Camarillo, California, went over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at approximately 12:35 p.m. October 1st, 1995 on a single jet ski.

Entering the Niagara River near the Canadian Niagara Power Plant, he started skiing toward the Falls. At the brink, he attempted to discharge a rocket propelled parachute that was on his back. It failed to discharge. His brother and a friend witnessed the stunt.

His body was recovered by Maid of the Mist staff. Overacker, married with no children, became the fifteenth person since 1901 to intentionally go over the Falls in or on a device.

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) _ An autopsy shows that a California car salesman who tried to ride a Jet Ski over Niagara Falls was not killed in the 180-foot fall but drowned.

Robert Overacker had no broken bones or any other injuries from the fall, Dr. Azim Velji, the pathologist who performed the autopsy, said Monday.

Overacker, 39, of Camarillo, Calif., had been training for the stunt for seven years. During the jump Sunday, he wore a rocket that was to propel him into the air, and he carried a parachute that never opened.

Several tourists said they saw Overacker at the base of the falls moving his arms as if he were trying to swim.

Overacker, who graduated from a California stunt school, apparently was aware of the risks: Just before leaving home last week, he made arrangements for his own funeral.

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