Late last month, three extreme kayakers took what could be the largest plunge down a waterfall in the southeastern United States. Pat Keller, Isaac Levinson and Chris Gragtmans made it down the 90-foot drop of Noccalula Falls in Alabama amazingly unharmed.
Watch the footage of the crew going down:
"Why? Why would you do that?" HLN's Vinnie Politan who hosted two of the men on the show couldn't have said it better. Watch their response here:
International Business Times reports that the North Carolinian men may seem reckless in taking such a risk, but it was actually well-planned out, with several factors taken into account to ensure the drop was as safe as possible:
"A couple of waves on the way in made it complicated; the lip was one of the most terrifying things I've seen when it comes to waterfalls," Keller, who made the first descent, told Canoe & Kayak. "It had a bump under the surface that changed the water's trajectory, shooting you farther out than you wanted."
Keller tossed his paddle for safety halfway down the nine-story fall and emerged still in his kayak, pumping his fists in excitement.
"I was so excited that within 15 seconds of Pat running it I grabbed my boat," Levinson told C&K. He took the plunge with a GoPro video camera mounted on his helmet.
Gragtmans went last and actually kept his paddle in hand. It snapped across his chest on impact, knocking the wind out of him.
IBTimes includes a brief transcript from a 911 call reporting the men:
"I'd like to report some crazy people going over the falls," Noccalula Falls supervisor Janet Terrance told the 911 dispatcher after three kayakers plunged over the 90-foot falls ... on purpose.
The footage from the falls will be included in a film called "Watershed: Land of Giants," coming out on Dec. 24, according to IBTimes.
This story has been updated since its original posting as it mistakingly said "southwestern" instead of "southeastern".