Transported by helicopter, daredevil and professional aerialist Erendira Wallenda broke the Guinness World Record Thursday for the highest suspension over the Niagara Falls—she hung by teeth from an aerial loop about 300 feet above the thundering water. Wallenda’s timing was also impeccable; she executed the stunt on the fifth anniversary of her husband, Nik, walking a tight rope 250 feet above Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and broke his record.
Except for the fact that she was wearing a safety harness around her waist to comply with New York State law for stunts that occur more than 20 feet in the air.
Suddenly, we’re not so wowed.
Crowds were watching with binoculars and cameras from afar, probably waiting for something to go wrong. Her husband leaned face-first out of the helicopter with some headphones that allowed him to communicate with the pilot should things go south… except, they wouldn’t… because she was attached to a safety harness…
“I just had to put myself back to my backyard training, and I felt good enough that I was able to hang by my teeth a second time,” she said in a press conference. And by “hang by my teeth,” she meant “hang by a harness.” She said she didn’t anticipate that the wind would make the hoop shake as much as it did… So it’s a good thing she had that harness.
Erendira apparently told reporters that she couldn’t hear anything while dangling because she was listening to music, chillin’ from a harness.
“I probably would want to spend all day long up there,” she said. And she probably could. Because, well, you get the point.
To no one’s surprise, the helicopter returned Wallenda back to the garage roof of the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino safe and sound.