NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Very few people knew something out of the ordinary was happening at Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls.
Those who thought they knew, were told it was a U.S. training exercise at the icy Terrapin which juts out next to Falls on the American side.
On Monday, a Canadian publication, The Niagara Review, had pictures of a man scaling the gorge, referencing the training mission.
That’s what got the attention of Bob Koshinski, a former Buffalo TV sports anchor who now has his own media and event company.
Tuesday morning he showed up on the Canadian side of the Falls and began shooting video. Koshinski posted the video on YouTube. He noticed cameras and rigging.
“It didn’t look like law enforcement to me,” Koshinski said. “And then a fella went over the edge. He’s wearing a Go Pro camera on his helmet.”
Koshinski, who grew up in Niagara Falls, said he never saw anything like it. “He was so close to the water, he could have reached out and touched it, so I knew right away, Niagara State Parks Police are not going to put their people in that kind of situation, that kind of danger.”
Turns out, it was a film event for Red Bull, featuring world renowned Canadian ice climber Will Gadd.
New York State Parks Police referred all calls to the State Parks marketing office, where spokeswoman Angela Berti works.
“No park staff was told to lie,” she said “The staff was not looped in, as filming is typically kept quiet.”
Tourists visiting Niagara Falls find it hard to believe that anyone would even attempt the stunt.
Cheryl Reddish, a visitor from Clarence, New York gazed over at Terrapin and shook her head.
“Well, me personally, I would be afraid that I’d fall in the water and just die,” she said.
Kevyn DuMay of Minnesota, was taking pictures of the Horseshoe Falls and marveled
“I just can’t imagine how cold it would be doing that too because you’re going to get the mist and everything else there,” DuMay said. “I would freeze.”
Koshinski is hoping his video draws some attention to his website.
Red Bull may be shooting for a world-wide audience. It is holding its video for after the Superbowl.
“It was a dramatic event that nobody saw,” said Koshinski. There only a handful of people who happened to witness the event, when Will Gadd scaled the icy, rocky gorge next to the raging Horseshoe Falls of Niagara.