Man Falls Off A Cliff Walking Head Down On His Phone

Time reports on a man who plunged to his death off a San Diego cliff on Christmas Day while he was distracted by an electronic device.

The man, who NBC 7 says has been identified as 33-year-old Joshua M Burwell of Sheridan, Indiana, fell 60 feet from Sunset Cliffs on Friday at 5 p.m. People who saw him before the fall said he seemed to be looking at either a cell phone or a camera while walking.

“Witnesses stated seeing someone distracted by an electronic device and he just fell over the edge,” said San Diego Lifeguard Bill Bender. “[He] wasn’t watching where he was walking, he was looking down at the device in his hands.”

After the man fell, three people climbed down the rocks to help rescue him and administer first aid.

“They acted quickly, they found a way to get down the cliff,” Bender said, according to NBC 7. “They put themselves at jeopardy…They administered CPR to the person in attempt to save a life.”

Unfortunately, the man was pronounced dead when medics arrived on the scene.

“Just like driving and using a cell phone, you don’t want to be walking and using a cell phone or be distracted or anything,” Bender said.

Credit: Cosmopolitan

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