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How Going Over Niagara Works


Peter Debernardi & Jeffrey (Clyde) Petkovich, 1988
Peter and Jeffrey's barrel at the brink Horseshoe Falls
Peter and Jeffrey's barrel at the brink Horseshoe Falls
Photo courtesy Niagara Falls Public Library and George Bailey

In 1989, Peter Debernardi, 42, and Jeffrey (Clyde) Petkovich, 25, became the first team to go over the Falls together in a barrel. (Remember, Steve Trotter and Lori Martin didn't go over together until 1995.) But they weren't the first two to attempt to go over the Falls together in a barrel -- in 1988, Michael Viscosi and Harry Kallet attempted it, but their barrel began leaking and they had to bail out. (They still had to pay $20,000 in fines and legal fees, though.)

Riding face to face and wearing hockey helmets, the two Canadians went over the Falls in a 5-foot by 10-foot (1.5x3m) barrel. They came out of it relatively unscathed. Their reason for going over? They were reportedly making a statement against drugs -- to show kids there were better things to do.


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