Kayaking Daredevil Plunges into Legal Hot Water

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A North Carolina kayaker wowed onlookers when he took a death defying 90-foot plunge down Linville Falls.

However, along with cheers, 24-year-old Pat Keller could face some serious fines and even jail time, according to National Park Service officials.

"You can't swim or have any vessel on that part of the river," Tim Francis, Blue Ridge Parkway Pisgah District ranger, said. "It creates a hazard, not only to the people in the kayak, but to the people below."

Keller, who said he likes to live on the edge, has kayaked over Looking Glass Falls, Toxaway Falls, and now Linville in what he's dubbed the "triple crown."

"Nobody got hurt, and I don't think anybody is ever going to run that waterfall again," the Ashville, N.C., native told The Citizen-Times.com.
Linville is the most dangerous of the three waterfalls, but the North Carolina daredevil said he wanted to test his limits.

"It was like dropping into battle, but it was a good fun time," he said. "I got my weight back forward and I was waiting, landing. And then as my mind was going through the reset button, I heard in the distance all these cheers."

Keller's crew was made up of three men holding ropes in case he needed help. The extreme kayaker lost his paddle at one point, but it floated close enough that he was able to retrieve it from the water before he went over the next drop.
Looking back, Keller admitted he would not attempt the drop again, and he hopes no one else follows in his footsteps.

Keller will meet with rangers to discuss the consequences of his stunt.

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