Rescue Video: Man survives 180-foot plunge over Niagara Falls

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Man rescued after 180-foot plunge over Niagara Falls. Image: WIVB/Harry Rosettani

Man rescued after 180-foot plunge over Niagara Falls. Image: WIVB/Harry Rosettani

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NIAGARA FALLS, NY (CNN) — A dramatic rescue at Niagara Falls after rescuers say a man jumped 180 feet over the edge.

Witnesses reported seeing the man climb over a railing and jump over the Horseshoe Falls Monday.

Authorities believe he was trying to commit suicide. The man spent nearly an hour in the frigid waters before crews got him out.

A sight-seeing helicopter lowered a harness, but the man refused to grab on.

The chopper used its propellers to blow the man closer to the shore line where rescuers could reach him.

The unidentified man was suffering from hypothermia, fractured ribs and cuts to his head and face.

He was in stable condition in the hospital.

He is only the third person to survive going over the falls without a safety device.

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