Karel Soucek
April 12, 2019
Karel Soucek

Karel Soucek, A 30 year old from Hamilton, Ontario went over Niagara Falls in a bright red barrel with the words "Last of Niagara's Daredevils" and his name on it. His 2.7 meter (9 ft) long, 1.5 m (5 ft) diameter cylinder shaped barrel was insulated with liquid foam. The ride over Niagara Falls only took a few seconds but his barrel was stuck in the swirling, dangerous waters below the Falls. His ground crew rescued him after 45 minutes. He came out alive, but suffered cuts and bruises for which he was treated in the local Niagara Falls, Ontario hospital. The Niagara Parks police find him $500 under the Niagara Parks act, which he willingly paid. Karel Soucek planned to earn money by traveling and recreating his stunt for the public. Unfortunately, his first arena show was his last. Only 7 months after challenging the mighty Niagara Falls, Soucek performed at a show in the Houston Astrodome in Texas on January 19, 1985. He attempted to replicate his daring feet by using a wooden barrel to fall 55 m (180 ft) into a 3 m (10 ft) deep pool. After being released from the high platform, the barrel began spinning and then crashed into the side edge of the water tank. Soucek suffered severe injuries and was buried in the Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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