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Long Island man saved from plunge over Niagara Falls

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A suicidal man spent six hours near the brink of Niagara Falls before jumping into the water in front of the rescuers who’d been trying to coax him to safety.

Firefighters and police were able to pull him from the Niagara River about 15 yards from the precipice.

Lt. Patrick Moriarty of the New York State Park Police says the 33-year-old man, who was from Long Island, was taken to a Niagara Falls hospital for evaluation.

The incident began shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday when the man called 911 and told dispatchers he planned to kill himself.

Moriarty spoke with the man for hours but he jumped around 7 a.m. Apparently changing his mind, he quickly began swimming toward shore, allowing Moriarty and two firefighters to pull him out.

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