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- Los Angeles police have warned an increasing number of daredevils who are risking their lives cliff jumping from great heights.
- The County Sheriff’s Department said that the quest for social media validation had caused an uptake in helicopter rescues.
- A quick scroll through some of the state’s popular nature spots on Instagram reveals a plethora of hair-raising videos.
- According to Sky News, the sheriff’s department carried out 681 search and rescue missions last year, the highest number in five years.
- Police said the stunts were particularly dangerous in summer when water levels are low and there is no way of telling the depth of a pool from above.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning to cliff jumpers who are risking their lives for the perfect photo – and costing taxpayers a small fortune in rescue fees, Sky News reports.
The police department said that the quest for social media validation had caused an uptake in helicopter rescues from the city’s hiking destinations, which are popular cliff jumping spots.
A quick scroll through some of the state’s popular nature spots on Instagram reveals a plethora of hair-raising videos.
According to Sky News, the sheriff’s department carried out 681 search and rescue missions last year, the highest number of rescues in five years.
However, Deputy Stephen Doucette said: “People have to understand: people die up in those mountains. For every rescue you see that we do, there are ones that we don’t make. They’re dead.”
In 2015, a 15-year-old student died after jumping from a 50-foot cliff into the Deep Creek area pool.
Earlier this month a video posted on YouTube showed someone being airlifted out of Hermit Falls after jumping into a rockpool. The rockpool itself was so green that it was impossible to tell the depth of from above.
This is especially a problem in summer, Los Angeles police said, as the water levels in natural rock pools get low.
“Yeah, I saw on Instagram,” Doucette said. “They were jumping off a rock formation into the pool of water. It is summertime, hey that looks cool, it must be safe, and then they go on up there and they do it and they realise ‘Wow that water wasn’t quite as deep as I thought.'”
She added: “It is a huge response and, if you were to quantify it in dollars, you’re talking thousands and thousands. If someone were actually handed a rescue bill they might change their mind in the future.”