A 28-year-old man is in serious condition after jumping off a cliff at Tanque Verde Falls and landing in a shallow pool, authorities said.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a 911 call Monday shortly after 4 p.m. regarding the report of a man jumping off a cliff and possibly suffering broken bones, said Deputy Tom Peine, a sherrif’s department spokesman.

A search and rescue unit also was dispatched to the falls where deputies learned that the victim was at the falls with his brother, Peine said.

He said both men were drinking and the victim decided to jump off the cliff.

It appeared the victim suffered multiple fractures on his lower body, and was moved out of the water by his brother and others, Peine said.

When deputies and Southern Arizona Rescue Association volunteers arrived at the bottom of the canyon, they swam across a river to get to the victim.

He was conscious and alert at the upper Turkey Pool, Peine said. He was hauled out by helicopter to Redington Road and then transferred into an ambulance and taken to University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, said Peine.

 

    

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