Don't try this: Pro kayaker rides down raging Minnehaha Falls


Here's a high-water stunt that's better left to the professionals, but it sure makes for compelling pictures.

On the rainiest June day on record in the Twin Cities, one daredevil kayaker decided to take a plunge over Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. FOX 9 posted video to YouTube:

KSTP says going over the falls entails a 53-foot drop. Their video shows the kayaker passing under the footbridge near the top of the falls.

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Probably the best video comes from the Star Tribune, which spoke with the kayaker and tells us he is Hunt Jennings from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jennings, a professional kayaker, tells the Star Tribune he's been over bigger plunges in the past but in terms of the technicality required, this ride was right up there.

Jennings (pictured right, courtesy of Dorene Manchi) sustained a broken nose but was otherwise unscathed by his wild ride. Manchi shot this just after the plunge:

Minnehaha Creek, of course, was swollen by this week's rainfall – including the four inches or so that fell on Thursday.

The Department of Natural Resources issued a statement reminding boaters and swimmers that waters are dangerously high and fast right now and urged them to think again before venturing into the water.

Flooding, mudslides, and high water led Gov. Dayton to declare a state of emergency in 35 Minnesota counties Thursday.

The DNR also announced it is relaxing its rules by letting local governments enact no wake zones for up to 30 days in response to the high water. No wake zones lasting more than five days are normally enacted at the state level.

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