Iceberg jumpers at it again

Keith Gosse
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As hundreds of sightseers watched, a thrill-seeker jumped from the top of an iceberg that was floating about a hundred metres from the shore in Quidi Vidi Friday evening. The dangerous pursuit, also featured in a YouTube video, has made headlines in the province this week. The person paddled up close to the berg in a kayak and then swam to the side of it before climbing to the top. The unidentified daredevil then jumped into the frigid waters and then repeated the feat a second time.

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  • flyinbrianpowell
    April 24, 2012 - 20:57

    fill yer boots buddy, so long as you don't cost the taxpayers any money to be rescued. For all the people carting their youngsters out along the side of the cliff to see the iceberg, get home out of it. You are putting them in danger. Unreal.

  • alex
    April 23, 2012 - 14:51

    I agree.... these guys are just plain ignorant of the people who have to respond to accidents from thrill seekers. I say we ban ALL dangerous activities. Snowboarding, high diving, rock climbing, skydiving, hang gliding, powerboating, wakeboarding, tubing, skiing, scuba diving...etc. That'll show em to have fun and not invite me!

    • David
      April 23, 2012 - 20:14

      Do it all, pal. Just do it on your own dime....I somehow doubt you have one.

  • David
    April 21, 2012 - 18:47

    BTW, Telegram...if someone ends up dead or hurt from these antics, you can take major credit for helping in the "celebritization" of this most worthy of endeavors. (BTW, the term 'take credit' seems much more appropriate for the Telegram in this instance than 'to be responsible', wouldn't you agree?)

    • fred
      April 21, 2012 - 21:11

      David, you really need to relax. Maybe get a hobby.

  • David
    April 21, 2012 - 18:41

    Breaking News: Per the always informative Telegram messageboard, local news authorities have determined that the exhaustively researched solution to manipulating and controlling the movement of icebergs has been discovered. Details are sketchy, but apparently only 3 individuals, each in separate small boats, are all that is required to completely mitigate and overcome the spectrum of dangers related to an iceberg's inherent instability. Truly, this is a marvelous day. One small step for man, one giant leap for jackass-and-arrogant-idiot kind.

    • AS
      April 21, 2012 - 21:52

      You seem jealous? enjoy your evening alone commenting on someones great achievement that you could only wish to pursue.

    • David
      April 22, 2012 - 00:27

      So brief, yet so unambiguously stupid.

  • Angela
    April 21, 2012 - 18:28

    I say cheers to you buddy!!! Live your dream, conquor the world!! What an amazing adventure. To all you complainers, don't hate what you don't understand.

  • AS
    April 21, 2012 - 17:55

    OK, everyone ...for you ney sayers I understand your point of view since you are bystanders and have no clue what is on the go. I know this guy very well, He knew what to do, how to do it and had a plan plus three by standers in seperate boats to deal with any situations. He is a very experienced diver, climber , boater and over all adventurer. He knows what kit to use and how to use it . I promise you this is not the first time nor the last time you have seen him doing something you consider risky....and as LP said you are probably one of the people who brought your kids on a cliff and let them run around..chances are if anything had happened he would have been the first responder dealing with that. SO , in the future think about the fact you probably just wish you were the one who could do it and think its dangerous because your the one who is afraid and dont understand anything that is actually happening. Emjoy your evening and until the next ice berg is in town have fun and think before ya comment.

    • David
      April 21, 2012 - 18:30

      Is your last name Hole, by any chance?

    • AS
      April 21, 2012 - 21:49

      Just pointing out the facts .

  • LP
    April 21, 2012 - 10:06

    How are they idiots if they know what they are doing and have the gear? the idiots are the people in this town who have gone to see the iceberg, Who takes there 2 and 3 year old kids down there on the edge of a cliff even a baby, when your walking on sharp and slippery rocks where the iceberg is, letting your kids run around up there and almost fall into the ocean which I am sure some of them almost have in the last few days, not to mention the people who go out on the edge of a large cliff just to get photographs there the idiots. people won't be saving the iceberg climbers they will be trying to save someones kids who fell into the ocean.

  • Chuck
    April 21, 2012 - 06:43

    Thrill seeker? How about "IDIOT" He should not get mention of this in the media. It only attracts more copy cat types. Let the "MORON" have his fun and if he disappears nobody will know or even care!

  • Ron Tizzard
    April 21, 2012 - 06:19

    If one of these 'berg-jumping' idiots should get into trouble in persuit of their 'jollies' ..911 would get the call. My opinion would be 'hang up' the phone. Why isn't there a law about htis, I don't want to be a prude, but seriously, if something should go will be 911 which will get the call...and some rescue person....a father or mother who'll be called to risk their lives to get the idiots out of harm's way. My opinion....stunts like that should be shut down immediately; or a sign established indicating that 'idiot-style behaviour will not be salvageable in the event of 'serious things' going will be on your own! Fire and Rescue staffers have lives to live, and most with families to care for. They will/should risk their lives for medically determined 'idiot' behaviours. Sane people acting insanely...should be left to their own devices!

  • Mark Noel
    April 20, 2012 - 23:18

    The most dangerous aspect of that stunt is swimming in the proximity of the sewer outfall from the slaughterhouse in Pleasantville. Yuck!

  • Kevin Power
    April 20, 2012 - 21:55

    Nice concept until something terrible happens and one or more is dead.