Cliff Diving And Drinking Don’T Mix

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A 35-year-old man injured his arm at a popular swimming and diving hole June 22 after reportedly falling from a 30-foot cliff.

The man was jumping off cliffs near the Water Wheel Campground into the East Verde River below with several family members around 6 p.m. The man attempted to jump from a cliff, but missed the water and landed on the rocks below, injuring his arm, said Whispering Pines EMT Steve Stevens.

Authorities suspect drinking was involved.

A dozen firefighters from Whispering Pines and Beaver Valley Fire Departments carried the man out of the creek, where Lifestar Ambulance transported him to a landing zone. A Native Air helicopter flew him to a Valley hospital.

“People jump off of the cliffs a lot,” Stevens said.

“We pull someone out of there every year.”

On June 24, 2007, a man fell and injured himself in nearly the identical spot of the river. According to Roundup archives, in July 2007, a 27-year-old man injured himself after jumping from a 30-foot cliff. The man landed headfirst on a small ledge below the top of the canyon, suffering head and shoulder trauma.

In September 2003, a 13-year-old Star Valley boy was injured during a school field trip to the river. The boy reportedly fell, struck his head as he tumbled down a 12-foot rock race and landed in the water.

In July 2001, a California man died in a cliff-diving accident. Joshua Andrew Ethington, 26, of Hemet, Calif., drowned or suffered fatal injuries after misjudging a cliff dive into the canyon pools near the campground.

Ethington reportedly dove from a cliff, hit the opposing canyon wall and became wedged between a pair of underwater rocks.

foot rock face and landed in the water.

In July 2001, a California man died in a cliff-diving accident. Joshua Andrew Ethington, 26, of Hemet, Calif., drowned or suffered fatal injuries after misjudging a cliff dive into the canyon pools near the campground.

Ethington reportedly dove from a cliff, hit the opposing canyon wall and became wedged between a pair of underwater rocks.

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