Sunday May 27, 2012

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Daredevil Nik Wallenda says he’s not happy about it but he’ll probably be tethered to the tightrope that he plans to walk over Niagara Falls next month.

Wallenda said that ABC is adamant about making him wear the safety device out of consideration for viewers who tune in to the network’s three-hour, prime-time special on June 15.

"It seems as though that’s what I’m going to be doing," he said as he prepared to walk a practice wire outside the Seneca Niagara Casino."I’m upset. I’m not used to it," he said. "I’ve never worn a tether before so it’s just something else I have to contend with when I’m out there."

Daredevils routinely used to make tightrope walks over the Niagara River gorge, downstream of the falls, until the practice was banned. Nik Wallenda’s stunt will be the first attempted walk over the falls themselves.

Wallenda has been practicing on a two-inch cable at the casino in front of crowds of onlookers since May 12.

Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the famous daredevil family the Great Wallendas. His great-grandfather, Karl, fell to his death in a tightrope walk in Puerto Rico at age 78.

-- Associated Press