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Two Students Rescued From Brink Of Niagara Falls Fined

October 17, 1986

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) _ Two Niagara University students were fined $475 each Friday following their aborted attempt at riding over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Harry J. Kallet, 20, of Syracuse and Michael J. Viscosi, 21, of Scotia pleaded guilty, a city court clerk said, and were fined for disorderly conduct and for violating Niagara Parks ordinances against entering property closed to the public and discharging a water craft in restricted waters.

Rescuers pulled the two now-suspended students from the Niagara River on Thursday morning after they aborted their attempt to become the first duo to ride over the falls in a barrel.

When the barrel, actually a sewer pipe surrounded by inner tubes, began leaking shortly after they entered the river, the would-be daredevils climbed out and clung to a small outcropping 200 yards above the 176-foot-high Horseshoe Falls.

The barrel went over without them, and Canadian authorities said it was so badly damaged that the two almost surely would have died had they been in it.

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