Niagara Falls Death: Man Who Plunged Over Waterfall Took 7-Foot Snake With Him

Erendira Wallenda, wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda, attempts to fly across Niagara falls by her teeth
A view from the Canadian side shows Horseshoe Falls in Ontario on August 21, 2015. Charles Platiau/REUTERS

A man who died going down Niagara Falls in a plastic ball may have taken a seven-foot snake down with him.

The body of Kirk Jones was discovered below the falls on June 2, and authorities now believe he may have put a boa constrictor inside an inflatable ball with him.

Following Jones’ death, police discovered a website called “Kirk Jones Niagara Falls Daredevil” in which he shared his plans for going down the falls with the seven-foot snake named Misty, the Associated Press reported.

"Believe in the Impossible Kirk Jones + Misty Conquer Niagara Falls NY 2017," the now-closed website read.

It is believed Jones, who was the first person to survive the drop from Niagara Falls without a safety device during a previous attempt in 2003, died in April, when visitors to the falls spotted an inflatable ball going over the edge of the falls.

Along with Jones’ van, police found an empty cage believed to have housed the boa constrictor, with animal experts telling AP the snake would not have survived the water.

Following Jones’ initial survival of the 176-foot Niagara Falls drop in 2003, several other people have survived stunts going over the falls, although it is illegal to attempt to do so.

Over the years, people have attempted to go down the falls in wooden and metal barrels, with the first person to survive the drop being Annie Edison Taylor in 1901.

More recently, stunts involving Niagara Falls included someone jet skiing over the falls in 1995 and dying after his parachute didn’t open, and ‘King of the Wire’ Nik Wallenda walking across the top of the falls on a tightrope in 2012 (with a safety harness, of course).

For those who survive the perilous drop with 150,000 gallons of water per second, there are hefty fines from the authorities, with Jones handed a $2,300 penalty and a lifetime ban from Canada after dropping down the falls in 2003.