Daredevil calls off Niagara Falls stunt at last moment
A daredevil kayaker found himself at the brink of going over Niagara Falls over the weekend, and says he decided to walk away.
Rafael Ortiz says he's been dreaming of the feat, but standing at the foot of the falls he decided not to risk it.
In a Facebook post, Ortiz says running Niagara Falls has been both a dream and a nightmare for him for the past three years.
"Standing at the drop like I've done with many waterfalls in teh past, looking for that last positive feeling. It was not there. The marginal landing zone that somehow has caught barrels and made survive a few suicide attempts, couldn't give me confidence to sit in my boat and pull off the line" Ortiz said.
"Some drops are just meant to haunt you for the rest of your life. I heard once, sometimes it takes more courage to walk away from a drop that to run it".
Niagara Parks Police said earlier in August it was aware of the stunt plan.
Pulling off a stunt without permission is against the law and carries a fine of up to $10 000.