Man who survived Niagara Falls jump killed in latest attempt

VILLAGE OF YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. -- Kirk Jones, the man who went over Niagara Falls in 2003 and survived, has now been identified as the man who was found dead earlier this week in Lake Ontario.

His body was discovered by a fisherman in the Village of Youngstown

New York State Park Police Detective Sergeant Brian Nisbet said Thursday the body has been identified as Kirk R. Jones of Spring Hill Florida. 

Sgt. Nisbet said it appears Jones was in the Niagara Falls area April 19. On that day, he said crews responded to a report of a large "spinning ball" in the rapids. 

After an investigation, Nisbet said it's believed Jones was attempting to go over the Falls inside that ball. However, he fell out at some point, which resulted in his death. Nisbet added the incident is still under investigation. 

When Jones went over the 173-foot waterfall in 2003, he became the first to take the mighty plunge wearing only his clothes.

On his first attempt, a witness said Jones went over the edge with his hands over his head before plunging into the water below. The same witness said he then saw Jones pull himself onto rocks down below. He then floated across the U.S.-Canadian border on his back. 

Before his initial jump, Jones spoke repeatedly about making a jump from the top, friends and family said. 

Syracuse.com said Jones paid a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to unlawfully performing a stunt for his first attempt. 

At the time, Jones said he was trying to kill himself, Syracuse.com reported. However, he later said he was happy to be alive and asked "that no one ever try such a horrible stunt again."

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