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(Orlando Sentinel)   And if your friends drunkenly backflipped off a bridge, would you do it too?   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 42
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2011-06-13 12:39:06 PM
The other one is where the drunk kid dives into a pool which happens to be empty.
 
2011-06-13 12:40:43 PM
Yes
 
2011-06-13 12:41:55 PM
If I lived in Florida, why the hell not
 
2011-06-13 12:42:16 PM
Depends on how drunk I am
 
2011-06-13 12:42:33 PM
Is this a trick question?
 
2011-06-13 12:43:11 PM
Hold my beer and watch this!
 
2011-06-13 12:43:59 PM
I'm curious on what actually killed him. 32 feet is not too high. Did he hit the bottom? concrete bridge pylon? Belly flopped? Was too drunk to swim?
 
2011-06-13 12:46:50 PM

rytheran: I'm curious on what actually killed him. 32 feet is not too high. Did he hit the bottom? concrete bridge pylon? Belly flopped? Was too drunk to swim?


Marines and sailors do it from higher up.
/but they don't backflip
//but are probably drunk
 
2011-06-13 12:47:06 PM

AnubisMan: Depends on how drunk I am


Is there an audience? How many are cute girls? Is there money involved? . . . .
 
2011-06-13 12:47:39 PM
Given that he was a diving student, wouldn't the FAIL tag be more appropriate?

Also, "Sheriff's spokesman T.K. Waters" - seemed apt.
 
2011-06-13 12:48:58 PM
So many stories like this one. This is why DUI is so sad and stupid.
 
2011-06-13 12:49:22 PM

rytheran: I'm curious on what actually killed him. 32 feet is not too high. Did he hit the bottom? concrete bridge pylon? Belly flopped? Was too drunk to swim?


My thoughts exactly. Unless he landed in such a way that the surface tension broke his neck, I don't see how just jumping 32 feet into water is even close to being deadly. Competitive platform dives are from that height (10m=32.8ft), and it's absurdly rare for them to die.

There must have been a rock or something underwater, or very (
 
2011-06-13 12:51:01 PM
Worst diving school ever
 
2011-06-13 12:52:20 PM
Then again, when the article writer states 'diving school', is that SCUBA or actual platform diving? I'm guessing SCUBA. Did the writer just say 'fark it' and print his notes?
 
2011-06-13 12:53:19 PM
What am I wearing? Is it cold, because if not that question doesn't matter. As long as ladies are present.
 
2011-06-13 12:56:57 PM

TravisBickle62: The other one is where the drunk kid dives into a pool which happens to be empty.


That's the answer. Someone had drained the river.
 
2011-06-13 12:58:23 PM

allthesametome: So many stories like this one. This is why DUI is so sad and stupid.


Diving under the influence?
 
2011-06-13 01:01:49 PM

rytheran: Then again, when the article writer states 'diving school', is that SCUBA or actual platform diving? I'm guessing SCUBA. Did the writer just say 'fark it' and print his notes?


That's what I was wondering, too.
 
2011-06-13 01:04:38 PM

StrikitRich: rytheran: Then again, when the article writer states 'diving school', is that SCUBA or actual platform diving? I'm guessing SCUBA. Did the writer just say 'fark it' and print his notes?

That's what I was wondering, too.


Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but somebody's gettin' sued!
 
2011-06-13 01:15:47 PM

rytheran: Then again, when the article writer states 'diving school', is that SCUBA or actual platform diving? I'm guessing SCUBA. Did the writer just say 'fark it' and print his notes?


High-board SCUBA diving, maybe.
 
2011-06-13 01:18:29 PM
Borden attended a commercial diving academy located near the bridge.
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Wow, blowing that dive will really screw up his GPA
 
2011-06-13 01:26:06 PM

rytheran: I'm curious on what actually killed him. 32 feet is not too high. Did he hit the bottom? concrete bridge pylon? Belly flopped? Was too drunk to swim?


Many of the waterways in Florida aren't very deep...4 to 6 feet of water is pretty common even in lakes and the gulf. So it's not at all unlikely he was diving into fairly shallow water.
 
2011-06-13 01:27:29 PM
Not sure about Florida rivers but in the Delaware river here all sorts of shiat is floating in the river that if you hit it from a height of 32ft you would be injured or dead. Mainly driftwood and logs.
 
2011-06-13 01:29:15 PM
Officials say it is unclear what killed him? Alcohol was involved doing a backflip off a bridge suspended 32 feet above water...hmmm, I wonder what could go wrong. First, have you personally ever landed wrong after doing an 18-20 foot dive into a body of water? If you haven't, it feels like hitting concrete. This is obviously an accident that may not have happened if either alcohol wasn't involved, or the guy wasn't trying trying to be "cool", trying to get laid, or something similar. Though I am sure someone will file a frivolous, but possible successful lawsuit over this, I want you to keep in mind that it is incidents like these that continue to make lawsuit reform a priority.
 
2011-06-13 01:38:12 PM

AbbeySomeone: but somebody's gettin' sued!


YOU GONNA

www.southfloridagaynews.com

GET SUED
 
2011-06-13 01:52:56 PM
Borden attended a commercial diving academy located near the bridge.

That's another way of saying "ten dollar bet".
 
2011-06-13 01:53:55 PM

trappedspirit: allthesametome: So many stories like this one. This is why DUI is so sad and stupid.

Diving under the influence?


You got the joke!
 
2011-06-13 02:06:27 PM

elev8meL8r: AbbeySomeone: but somebody's gettin' sued!

YOU GONNA



GET SUED


nice.
 
2011-06-13 02:22:11 PM

Hyppy: rytheran: I'm curious on what actually killed him. 32 feet is not too high. Did he hit the bottom? concrete bridge pylon? Belly flopped? Was too drunk to swim?

My thoughts exactly. Unless he landed in such a way that the surface tension broke his neck, I don't see how just jumping 32 feet into water is even close to being deadly. Competitive platform dives are from that height (10m=32.8ft), and it's absurdly rare for them to die.

There must have been a rock or something underwater
, or very (


Yeah, this is the thing that made me stop jumping off ledges and bridges and whatnot.

I could watch 30 people do the same damn thing, half of them wearing sneakers, and be fine, and I know I'd be the one to hit the damn stray rock. Plus I'm the only one in my group of friends who ever worked as a lifeguard, so I'd be SOL.

/last time I did that, I was informed afterward that I came within a foot of gashing my head open
//I stick to jumping off piers or break walls now into water I'm familiar with and have swam already
///but jumping off random stuff into natural water sources is fun, dammit
////still jealous of all those kids in Ithaca jumping off bridges into gorges when I was old enough to know better, lucky bastards
 
2011-06-13 03:14:01 PM
Would I? Not anymore. Grew up in Lake Havasu, and back in the 80's, when the party was over and we're heading into town for late night munchies, stopping and jumping off the London Bridge(35-45 ft depending on jumping location) into the channel was almost mandatory. Had to be careful of shallow spots, you could wind up neck deep in water with your legs stuck in mud up to your knees. As far as the dead guy goes, proper rotation speed can be tricky from 30+ feet up. Under-rotate and you belly and face flop, over rotate and you back flop, usually knocks the wind out of you. Add in the head impact, I can see how someone experienced under water but maybe not too experienced with drunken cliff diving could wind up stunned and drowning. So, would I do it? 20-30 years ago, oh yeah. Hell, ten years ago. Now? I shake my head at those damn stupid kids and look for the pain cream.

/off my lawn, youth is wasted on the young, etc.
 
2011-06-13 03:26:21 PM

EditorialSpace: Officials say it is unclear what killed him? Alcohol was involved doing a backflip off a bridge suspended 32 feet above water...hmmm, I wonder what could go wrong. First, have you personally ever landed wrong after doing an 18-20 foot dive into a body of water? If you haven't, it feels like hitting concrete. This is obviously an accident that may not have happened if either alcohol wasn't involved, or the guy wasn't trying trying to be "cool", trying to get laid, or something similar. Though I am sure someone will file a frivolous, but possible successful lawsuit over this, I want you to keep in mind that it is incidents like these that continue to make lawsuit reform a priority.


like hitting concrete? are you serious? it feels nothing like hitting concrete whatsoever.
 
2011-06-13 04:34:39 PM

Inflatable Rhetoric: TravisBickle62: The other one is where the drunk kid dives into a pool which happens to be empty.

That's the answer. Someone had drained the river.


I lold
 
2011-06-13 04:45:11 PM

SavvyLemur: like hitting concrete? are you serious? it feels nothing like hitting concrete whatsoever.


Exactly. 32 feet isn't a life-threatening distance. Even a bellyflop at that height will most likely just cause (severe) pain.
 
2011-06-13 04:51:11 PM
Seems like nothing seems to come to no good up on Chocktaw ridge.
 
2011-06-13 05:17:33 PM

SavvyLemur: like hitting concrete? are you serious? it feels nothing like hitting concrete whatsoever.



It may not have the tension of concrete--but can knock the sh*t out of you.

I dove off a two story boat dock last year (about 25 ft. up) and went head first. I mistakenly looked at the water as I went in (face first instead of leading with the top of my head). The impact came close to knocking me out, it stunned me severely and took a moment to recover from enough to swim to shore.

Add a few feet of height along with drunkenness, and the confidence that comes with being a "trained professional diver" and I can see how he may have just knocked himself unconscious and drowned.

. . . . or maybe he hit some rebar-covered piece of concrete under the surface . . .
 
2011-06-13 05:38:42 PM
I've done that, didn't think a lot about it. Bridge diving at the river and cliff diving at the lake were common things when I was younger. Most of the time, for us, it didn't involve alcohol, though there were exceptions.

The only thing about doing it in a river is to be careful of junk floating downstream. Even if you've checked it out, the water is deep enough, etc, one log floating barely under the water can ruin your day.
 
2011-06-13 06:43:11 PM
Nah, wouldn't happen. My friends are way too lazy for that mess.
 
2011-06-13 08:05:20 PM
Dammit...Yes, that is how I broke my ankle 12 years ago. Quit bringing it up.


/True story.
 
2011-06-13 10:10:08 PM
"And if your friends drunkenly backflipped off a bridge, would you do it too?"

"No,...well not again, anyway"
 
2011-06-14 02:03:22 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Worst diving school ever

 
2011-06-14 02:04:40 AM
Link (new window)
 
2011-06-14 06:31:28 PM
This I have to add, my friend in high school swung off a rope into a river we had been diving in for years, except he went just a few feet off the regular pool. He landed butt first on top of a cypress knee. They had to swim out and lift him off of it. Poor guy spent 6 months in the hospital fighting the infection. No more diving into rivers for me.
 
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