Exactly 5 years after Nik Wallenda’s televised and 1800-meter tightrope walk from New York to Canada about Niagara Falls, his 36-year-old woman, Erendira, hit his record Thursday, hanging by her teeth from 300 feet in the air.
Nik Wallenda previously held the record for the highest suspension, after he was hanging out of his mouth is 250 metres on the Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri in 2011.
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Trapeze artist Erendira Wallenda smiles as she made her daredevil husband Nik Wallenda describe Erendira plans to perform an acrobatic routine while suspended from a helicopter above the Niagara Falls at press conference, Wed. 14 June 2017 at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, new york
(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Erendira spent eight of the 10-minute stunt with the mouse over the falls from a helicopter, after he departed from the car park roof of the nearby Seneca Niagara casino.
NIAGARA FALLS STUNT ANNOUNCED
Erendira, described the experience as “beautiful and wonderful”, but said she was taken aback by the windy conditions over the cataract. Her husband described the conditions as something he had to deal with as well during his 2012 stunt over the falls.
Only a few dozen people watched the stunt from the American side, compared with the tens of thousands who are on both sides of Nik’s high-wire walk the five prior years.
WALLENDAS PAIN IN THE CIRCUS TIGHTROPE FALL
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Spectators watch as Erendira Wallenda performs a series of acrobatic maneuvers. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Erendira the stunt was unanimously approved by the Niagara County Legislature earlier this year, and $35,000 was set aside for the event. In 2012, Nik run generated economic impact of $21.5 million and $3.3 million in direct revenue to the City of Niagara Falls, Fox News reported.
The city hoped Erendira the stunt would generate attention. The majority Leader Randy R. Brandt said in May “we want to recapture that energy for our local economy.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.