Man Dead After Jumping Off 131-Foot Waterfall in Northern California

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A 30-year-old man is dead after jumping off 131-foot Burney Falls in far northern California.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Department reports that the man did not resurface after the 131-foot leap.

The sheriff’s department was called to the scene at 5:47 pm on Friday, July 6th, 2018.

Many agencies responded to the accident including:  California State Parks and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the sheriff’s dive team, a California Highway Patrol helicopter, Burney Fire Department.

Divers recovered the man’s body later that evening and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses report watching the man walk past closed signs and a small fence that cordons off the jumping area.

The pool below the cliff is reportedly 20-feet deep.

It’s rare for people to jump Burney Falls and it is illegal.

Professional cliff jumper Nick Coulter jumped Burney Falls in the video above and was hit with fines for jumping there.

Map showing a pin at the location of Burney Falls, CA.

The man’s identity has not yet been released by authorities.

A southern California teenager also died at Burney Falls in May 2011.  He had recently moved to the area.  He fell while trying to climb up the cliffs and tumbled down the cliffs twice, landed face down in the water below, and never resurfaced.  The sheriff’s dive team found him at the bottom of the 20-foot deep pool near the base of the falls.

Burney Falls in winter. image: NPS

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