The Howick Falls are infamous for suicides, accidents and murder cases. Many people have over the years been swept over the falls, particularly during the early days of the discovery as some people thought that the best place to cross the Umgeni River was above the waterfall. The first death historically recorded happened in 1851 and over 40 more deaths have occurred at the falls since then.
The majority of these deaths have been the result of suicides, but murder and accidental falls have also been blamed – maintaining and contributing to the legendary reputation of the waterfall.
In 1999, American professional BASE jumper and skydiver Jeb Corliss had a near fatal experience after a base jump into the Howick Falls where his parachute opening went markedly asymmetric, forcing him to fly into the downpouring water.