NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Daredevil Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls.
A tethered Wallenda accomplished the feat Friday night, which he says he got through by "a lot of praying." He also credited his concentration, focus and training.
The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted.
Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896. An estimated crowd of 125,000 people on the Canadian side and 4,000 on the American side watched Wallenda's stunt.
He hugged his uncle upon setting foot on solid ground again. ABC televised the walk and insisted Wallenda use a tether to keep him from falling in the river.