In 1913, Peter W. Langgard, who claimed he lived in Denmark, shot the whirlpool rapids of Niagara River in a motorboat the previous afternoon to gratify moving picture promoters. His trip through the rapids was beautifully made and was better than that made by Captain Larson in a similar craft. However, when Langgard reached the great whirlpool he was helpless as his engine had become disabled in the wild waters of the gorge. This made him a prisoner on the bosom of the great maelstrom and night settled over the rocky canyon as he drifted about. Two great searchlights were brought into play exposing him to the view of the crowds who had gathered on the banks. Firemen from Niagara Falls, Ont. rescued him and at about 8 p.m. he was helped ashore.