Daredevil American, Nik Wallenda, has made a historic tightrope crossing over roaring Niagara Falls, on Friday night, walking on a thin wire and stepping onto safe ground in Canada.
Crowd on both the U.S. and Canadian borders gathered to cheer and see Wallenda's death-defying daredevil act. On Friday, Wallenda fulfilled his childhood dream and became the first person in the world to walk on a 2-inch (5-cm) cable across the Niagara Falls.
The 33-year-old took a little more than 25 minutes to cover the 1,800 feet distance from the U.S. side in the dark of night.
As soon as he crossed the falls and arrived on the Canadian side, he hugged his family and greeted Canadian officials who playfully asked him for his American passport. When the officials questioned Wallenda's purpose of visit, he replied saying that he had come to "inspire people," Reuters reported.
"Oh my gosh it's an unbelievable view. This is truly breathtaking," he said as he crossed over the falls.
"That mist was thick and it was hard to see at times," he told ABC television, which broadcast the event with a five-second delay. "Wind going one way, mist another. It was very uncomfortable for a while."
Wallenda after the event described his experience at a press conference.
"The mist was worse than I have thought. The winds were pretty wild out there. It's been worth every minute and every penny. I loved every minute of it," Wallenda told reporters during the press conference.
Wallenda is a member of the family that has been named as "Flying Wallendas" family of aerialists. In 1978, his great-grandfather died at the age of 73 during a walk between two buildings in Puerto Rico. Last year, Wallenda repeated that walk with his mother.
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