Dr: Surviving plunge over Niagara Falls ''a miracle''
The fact that a man without protective gear survived a plunge over Niagara Falls is "a miracle".
That from Astral's medical correspondent Dr Mitch Shulman.
Witnesses say the man, thought to be in his 40s, climbed over a retaining wall above the Horseshoe Falls Monday, jumped into the Niagara River & was swept over the Falls.
He managed to make his way to shore alone & was talking with rescuers at the scene. He's now recovering in Hamilton hospital.
The still unidentified man is only the 4th person in history to survive a ride over Niagara Falls.
Dr Shulman tells 610 CKTB News that kind of fall can inflict a lot of trauma on the human body. He says the turbulence in the water could make a person feel like they're stuck in a washing machine & without control of their body.
The greatest risk is of smashing into a rock or being pulled under the water & drowning. There's also a good chance of concussion because of teh churn the body & brain go through in a fall from a great height.
If you survive all that, psychological shock notwithstanding, Dr Shulman says a survivor of a trip over Niagara Falls should bounce back fairly well.