Although it was the most direct route back to the boat, leaping off Roosevelt Lake Bridge proved not to be the best option for a Thatcher man Sunday.
Christopher Sloan, 38, was airlifted to a Valley hospital just after 1 p.m. after he fell several hundred feet from the bridge and landed on his right side, said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff's Office.
Friends later reported to deputies that Sloan had gotten out of the boat on shore to use the bathroom.
“He was gone for a length of time when his friends noticed him walking out on top of the bridge from the east side,” Scott said.
“He walked out on the bridge, climbed over the side and jumped.”
The impact of the fall knocked Sloan unconscious and friends jumped into the water to retrieve him.
“When he was returned to the boat, he started breathing, but it was shallow,” Scott said.
Sloan was driven to the Coyote Boat Ramp where a helicopter flew him to the Valley.
“We have no idea as of yet on the reason for him jumping off of the bridge,” he said. “Alcohol is believed to have been involved, but to the exact extent, we are not sure.”