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Jet Skier Killed Going Over Niagara Falls

Mon., Oct. 2, 1995

A 39-year-old stuntman rode a Jet Ski over Niagara Falls and plunged to his death Sunday, police said.

Robert Overacker of Camarillo, Calif., went over the Niagara River’s Canadian Horseshoe Falls with a device on his back that included a rocket to lift him from the Jet Ski and a parachute. The contraption failed.

The graduate of a California stunt school fell 180 feet to the water as his brother and a friend took pictures.

‘It’s like hitting cement,” said Niagara Falls Park Police dispatcher Tom Detenbeck.

Overacker’s Jet Ski had a sign reading “Save The Homeless.” Police don’t believe he was affiliated with any organization.

Tourists were stunned, said Julie Dobbin, a clerk at the nearby Fudge Kitchen. “They were amazed and taking lots of pictures,” she said.

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