Jessie Sharp
April 12, 2019
Jessie Sharp

On June 5, 1990 Jesse Sharp attempted to ride his polyurthane kayak over Niagara Falls. The 28 year old from Ocoee, Tennessee wasn't experienced whitewater kayaker. His 3. 6 m (12 ft), 16 kg (36 lb) kayak was named “Rapidman”. Friends that accompanied Sharp to videotape the event said that he was planning it for years and it would be used to springboard a career in stunting. He didn't wear a helmet or life jacket. After challenging Niagara Falls, Sharp planned to continue down river, through the Great Gorge and over the class 6 Rapids. He even made dinner reservations. As Jesse Sharp went over the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, in a triumphant show, he lifted his arms and oars above his head. Authorities recovered and slightly damaged kayak later that day. His body was never found.

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