NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. (WIVB) - Rescuers put their lives on the line Wednesday to save a man from going over the edge of Niagara Falls.
First responders climbed out on a very dangerous spot to bring the man to safety near one of the most popular tourist spots on the Canadian side.
Table Rock, which is steps away from the brink of the Falls, was closed to visitors for fives hours as a Canadian man stood on a rock ledge, threatening to take his own life.
Niagara Falls Fire Chief Mark Acker was at Table Rock as Niagara Regional Police negotiators spoke with the man.
"It's fairly dangerous and very technical," Acker said. "When you get into any of the operations, it's very easy for someone to have a slip or fall that may not be fatal, but it would be very injurious to them."
Park police and firefighters rushed to the scene around 7:30 a.m., surrounding the welcome center with caution tape as crews prepped for a rescue attempt, lowering a ladder down for the suicidal man to climb.
Despite the frigid temps and mist from the Falls, rescuers patiently stood by as the man paced back and forth, flailed his arms, and in the end, decided not to kill himself.
But when he finally climbed the later, it nearly turned fatal. The man appeared to get stuck on a step, slipping to one side. Police and firemen rushed to his aid as onlookers watched from above. Two men, hooked to the railing, rappelled down the face of the gorge to push this man to safety.
By 12:30 p.m., the man was back on solid ground.
"They train on a regular basis as well and they're all tied off. There's still things that can go wrong but they're generally safe," Acker said.
The man was taken to a Canadian hospital for treatment. News 4 is told he will not face any charges, because there are no Canadian laws applicable to this situation.
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