First, there was a fella within the last year or so, who went over on his back trying to kill himself and lived. Talk about one lucky dude. Give up the lotto, that's all your luck
Second, from what I read, Jesse had run some big drops. Thought he saw a line and went for it. Even made dinner reservations, which doesn't sound like he was trying to do himself in.
The question, when officals saw Jesse going for the run - the water was turned off. So, the "lucky" fella had full flow and Jesse didn't have what he'd scouted. Did that make a difference??? Don't know, but its an interesting point.