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Man in crisis survives after being swept over Niagara Falls

During a search at the base of the falls, police say the man was found sitting on some rocks near the water's edge. He was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say he suffered non-life-threatening injuries

Police say the man was found at the base of the falls and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

A man has survived being swept over Niagara Falls.

Niagara Parks Police say they received reports of person in crisis at the brink of the falls around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived they say the man climbed a retaining wall, jumped into the river and was seen going over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

The rapids above the falls hit a maximum speed of about 40 km/h, according to Niagara Parks. An estimated 168,000 cubic metres water goes over the edge every minute before plummeting approximately 57 metres to the white water below. 

During a search at the base of the falls, police say the man was found sitting on some rocks near the water's edge below the observation platform for the Journey Behind the Falls tourist attraction.

The man was rescued and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say they won't be releasing his name due to privacy laws.

Where to get help

There are resources available in the Niagara Region for someone in need of mental health support.

The Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) provides services for people in crisis and have a mental health concern. Call 1-866-550-5205.

Pathstone Mental Health also has a 24-hour crisis support line for children and youth. Call 1-800-263-4944.