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2014-05-28 at 16:11

Diving death

A Thunder Bay man was killed in the Negril region of Jamaica in a cliff-diving incident.
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A Thunder Bay man was killed in the Negril region of Jamaica in a cliff-diving incident.
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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Police say a Thunder Bay vacationer has died after jumping off seaside cliffs in a western Jamaican beach town and hitting rocks.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force on Wednesday said  26-year-old Taylor Rankin was diving with friends around 4:25 p.m. Tuesday when he miscalculated his jump. He died in hospital.

Rankins was believed to be in the Caribbean country for a wedding. He is the son of former Shelter House director Cal Rankin.

Jamaican police say an investigation is ongoing. 


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bttnk says:
Condolences to the Rankin family. RIP Taylor
5/29/2014 9:24:57 AM
Thundereye says:
RIP Taylor.
5/29/2014 11:03:49 AM
angered says:
Thanks TBTNewswatch for regurgitating the assumed rumour in the national news article and for caring enough about one of TBay's own to Find out the real story...

I was unfortunately an eyewitness to this tragedy and would like to provide you with some more accurate details of the event. My wife and I were members of a scenic ocean tour to Ricks Cafe in Negril and arrived at the cliff side before 4pm. Our group began the swim from the boat to the cliff side where a ladder, then staircase provide access up the cliff to the cafe. This is a hotspot to view the locals dive from the cliffs for tips. Many tourists jump as we'll and are warned to do so at their own risk. I was in the water about 50 yards from this young man when he jumped from the upper diving level. He attempted a double back flip and landed directly in the water with a belly flop; there was no impact with rocks at any point. When he surfaced, he slowly swam for a period of about 30 sec before he rolled onto his back...
5/29/2014 3:51:43 PM
angered says:
...and started to float. There were about half a dozen locals and tourists within arms reach of him at this point and he was quickly brought to the ladder where he was lifted out of the water and laid on the rocks. No attempts were made by anyone to assess he condition or provide spinal support before this lift because rescue and medical staff are nonexistent. The scene was very chaotic and crowded. I could not see nor hear what rescue services were being provided because I was in the water and unable to get close to the ladder to get ashore for about ten minutes. One of the tour staff from the vessel I was on retrieved a spine board from our boat and brought it to the cliff side by way of a smaller tour boat that could get close to the rocks. The many tourists still floating in the water made way for the boat to gain quick access to the injured man. After he was moved to the board, he was lifted up a set of stairs to a larger area about halfway up the cliffs. At this point I was...
5/29/2014 3:54:15 PM
angered says:
...able to make my way to the ladder and climb out of the water. I made my way through the crowd so I could make sure there was an experienced person assessing his condition. There were two nurses from the USA providing CPR. A box for an AED was brought to the injured man, but it only contained an o2 mask with an empty bottle. The nurses, tourists and family members had already asked for emergency services to be called, but they were told that none existed. The young man was cyanotic with no pulp response. He was showing signs of tetany suggestive of a cranial injury. Over and over again, emergency transportation to a hospital was requested with none provided. After about 45min of unsuccessful CPR, he was carried to the top of the cliff and transported to the hospital by tour shuttle bus. The local hospital is about 90min from this location. This was a tragic accident in a location that was entirely unprepared for emergency services. Many locals were moving the experienced emergency...
5/29/2014 3:55:42 PM
angered says:
experienced emergency providers away with comments like, he is okay, he's just drunk....he is in gods hands, let god help him breath... I even heard someone say don't talk about this at your resort because this happens all the time and we still want people to come here! Once he was taken away, the music and cliff diving resumed without hesitation.

Dr. Luke Haslam

Read the first hand comments: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-dies-after-jumping-off-seaside-cliffs-in-jamaica-police-1.1842410#ixzz338WGOR3Q
5/29/2014 3:57:47 PM
galina says:
Which resort did the accident occur at? Why isn't this being reported? Rip Taylor...
5/29/2014 6:44:51 PM
Elena says:
It was at Rick's cafe in Negril, not a resort. My husband and I witnessed the tragedy too...we were hoping he will be saved...RIP Taylor..
6/1/2014 8:04:16 AM
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