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People jumping off cliffs one day after Tucson man dies

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We're learning more about a man who died after jumping off a cliff at Tanque Verde Falls. Pima County Sheriff's Deputies are identifying him as 29-year-old Richard M. Baker. Bystanders pulled him from the water Sunday and called for help but paramedics were not able to save him.

First responders say it's not uncommon. They've gotten a few calls here over the last several years. Monday, people were back out jumping in the area near where the man died.

Daring young men and women jumped from at least 50 feet in the air Monday afternoon. They say it's a popular spot to hang out with friends on hot summer days.

Rescue crews were called out to the area Sunday night. They say Baker was about to jump from a high ledge. He ended up slipping, hitting his head on a rock and passed out. He landed in the water.

Friends and good samaritans jumped in after him but he had been under water for about five to ten minutes. When they found him, he was dead.

"His body was just totally limp and I just knew. I didn't think there was any chance," said Jake Jennings, who pulled Baker from the water.

"We definitely bring lots of water," said Cassandra Sollers, who hangs out at Tanque Verde Falls. "Stay hydrated and don't take any crazy risks as long as the water looks deep and stuff. We jump in there."

Sheriff's deputies urge people not to jump from cliffs. They say you should follow the same safety precautions as if you were around a swimming pool.

The last time Rural Metro Fire had a call at Tanque Verde Falls was about one year ago.

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