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Cliff jumping fatality

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It’s almost like hitting concrete.

That’s how Grand Forks RCMP Staff Sergeant Jim Harrison describes the impact of a human body against water after a young Kelowna man died while cliff jumping in Christina Lake over the weekend.

The 19-year-old was vacationing near the Texas Creek Provincial campsite when he and the group of friends he was with decided to go cliff jumping on Sunday afternoon.

“We got the call around 2:30 p.m.. The man had jumped from a cliff about 60 feet high and he hit the water sideways, instead of feet first. The impact caused serious internal injuries which caused his death,” says Harrison.

He says he hopes this tragedy makes people stop and think about the risk they are taking when they go cliff jumping.

“This area is very popular with cliff jumpers. There have been other fatalities and serious injuries due to cliff jumping in recent years. I hope that this shows people that jumping from this height, as is painfully obvious, can led to grievous bodily harm or even death.”

Harrison says there was no obvious indication that alcohol was a factor and the investigation will be turned over the Coroner.

The man’s name has not been released.

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