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Jul 24, 2012 2:32 PM

Man rescued from Tanque Verde Falls after jumping from cliff

TUCSON - A 28-year-old man who was reportedly drinking with his brother in Tanque Verde Falls was rescued after jumping off a cliff into shallow water and suffering serious injuries.

At about 4:11 p.m. Monday, the Pima County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call regarding a man who had jumped off a cliff and possibly suffered broken bones, but it was unclear if he was in the Seven Falls area in Sabino Canyon, or the Tanque Verde Falls area off Redington Road. Initially, Search and Rescue units were dispatched to both locations, a PCSD news release states.

It became clear the man was in Tanque Verde Falls, and all resources were directed there. Deputies learned the man had been drinking with his brother and decided to jump off a cliff, only to land in shallow water. It is suspected he sustained multiple fractures to his lower body, the release states. He was moved out of the water by his brother and others, and they called 911.

Deputies and volunteers with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association arrived at the bottom of the canyon and swam across a river to get to the man. He was conscious and alert, and was stabilized before being hauled out of the canyon via DPS Southern Air Rescue Helicopter, the release states. He was transferred into an ambulance at Redington Road and transported to UAMC. His injuries are considered serious.

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