Woodward was then taken on a ship trip together with his 17-year-old sister Deanne, a household pal, James Honeycutt. Earlier than leaving, the caring father ordered the kids to put on life jackets, which finally saved their lives. Above Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian facet, the boat started to breathe, and one of many waves of the turbulent Niagara River finally overturned the boat.
Deanne was in a position to pull passers-by out of the water earlier than falling into the depths. It was solely six meters from her nearly sure demise. Roger and Honeycutt have been not so fortunate. Honeycutt disappeared beneath the floor instantly after hitting the shattering physique of water, Roger managed to flee from the lethal turmoil of water. The physique of the Honeycutta River didn’t launch till 4 days after the tragedy.
Images of the boy, who didn’t look dramatic through the rescue operation, instantly circled the world, and the expression “Niagara Miracle” started to appear in all its types.
The Woodwards turned celebrities, however over time they didn’t wish to discuss their expertise anymore. They first spoke extra extensively in 1994 whereas filming a documentary describing what had occurred then.
Woodward later stated that he was very scared, however that through the fall he might keep in mind his canine, his toys and his dad and mom. He felt like a “cloud”. Later, on account of a harsh expertise, he turned a robust believer.
In 2003, former automotive elements supplier Kirk Jones additionally managed to outlive a fall to the depth of 50 meters of the waterfall with none protecting gear. He emerged from the river with only some damaged ribs and abraded backs.
It was later revealed that he had tried suicide.