Sep 262011

An unidentified 40-year-old California man was pronounced dead Monday shortly after jumping from a popular Copper Canyon rock cliff into Lake Havasu, said Lake Havasu City Battalion Chief James Whitt.

The call for service for a submerged subject and possible drowning victim occurred at 3:26 p.m.

“He was just visiting town,” Whitt said. “He jumped off of Copper Canyon and didn’t resurface. Witnesses said he landed on his back.”

The man was beneath the water’s surface for about 25 minutes before a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputy/diver pulled him from the water.

SBCSD Sgt. Tim Smith described the man as a white male.

Smith said the man “surfaced briefly and fell under the water” before deputies responded.

The California-based agency’s diver located the man on the lake bottom “ヤ 27 feet below the water’s surface, he said.

Whitt said the victim was pulled from the water just as the Lake Havasu City Fire Department Fire Boat arrived on scene at 3:39 p.m. from Contact Point, where the boat is stationed.

The victim was transferred from the SBCSD patrol boat to the fire boat for transport. Firefighters performed life-saving efforts including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced life support treatment, but to no avail.

The man was pronounced dead after arriving at Contact Point.

River Medical ambulance service responded but later cancelled after the victim’s fate was clear.

Lake Havasu City Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Havasu City Fire Department assisted SBCSD in the incident.

SBCSD withheld the man’s identity and place of residency Monday afternoon pending notification of next of kin.

According to figures contained in previous Today’s News-Herald articles, the death is the seventh lake-related fatality this year on Lake Havasu or the Colorado River.

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