At approximately 12:35 p.m., Robert Overacker, a 39-year-old man from Camarillo, California, crossed the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. October 1 on a single ski jet.
He began to ski towards the Falls, joining the Niagara River near the Canadian Niagara Power Plant. At the verge, he sought to discharge a parachute powered by a rocket on his back. The discharge failed. The stunt was witnessed by his brother and a friend.
It seemed like he had escaped the plunge at first, but the rapids have a curious way of flailing about the arms of a corpse, always giving the impression of a swimming human. Robert Overacker was later pulled out of the water and pulled to the General Hospital of Niagara, where he was pronounced dead.
His body was retrieved by the staff of the Maid of the Mist. Since 1901, Overacker, married with no children, became the fifteenth person to go deliberately into or on a device over the Falls.