On Monday, at 4:11 p.m., the Pima County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call reference a male who had reportedly jumped off a cliff and possibly suffered broken bones. Initially, it was unclear if the incident had occurred at Seven Falls in the Sabino Canyon area or at Tanque Verde Falls off of Redington Road. Deputies of the Pima County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Unit were dispatched to both locations.
Once it was clear that the incident location was in fact at Tanque Verde Falls, all resources were directed that way. Upon arrival on scene, deputies learned that the 28-year-old patient was at the falls with his brother. They had been drinking and the 28-year-old decided to jump off a cliff, only to land in shallow water. It is suspected that he suffered multiple fractures to his lower extremities. He was moved out of the water by his brother and others. Then they called 9-1-1.
When deputies and volunteers of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (SARA) arrived at the bottom of the canyon, they had to first swim across a river in order to get to the patient. He was found conscious and alert at the upper Turkey Pool. After he was stabilized, he was “short hauled” via DPS Southern Air Rescue helicopter to Redington Road, where he was transferred into a waiting ambulance. The patient was then transported to University Medical Center. His injuries are considered serious.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everybody of the following:
Pima County Sheriff’s Department
Diving/jumping off a cliff can be extremely dangerous. Not all natural pools are deep enough and the risk of serious injury is very high.
Alcohol in combination with activities like these often lead to lowered inhibitions and poor decision making, which in return can lead to serious consequences.
Rain can turn smooth rock surfaces into a slippery slide and pose a danger.
Be aware of the possibility of sudden, heavy rain fall during monsoon season. Rivers and washes can quickly rise and turn into dangerous streams. Flash floods come without warning.