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Jun 21, 2010 7:10 PM by David Ortiviz

UPDATED: Cliff diving, a dangerous pastime

This time of year a group of thrill seekers push to the extremes with cliff diving. It's popular in Pueblo, but it's dangerous and also illegal.

Adventure seekers have made their jumps famous on YouTube. Several videos I found show people jumping off high cliffs or bridges into the reservoir at Lake Pueblo State Park.

Three weeks ago Alisha Hopkins, 19, was hurt after jumping from a bridge at the reservoir. "I had jumped off and I landed like I was sitting I a chair," said Hopkins. "My legs were completely bruised, I was passing out and I had to take a trip to the ER," she added.

Luckily Hopkins wasn't seriously injured, but park rangers say others haven't been so lucky. "A lot of people come out and they don't think of the consequences of jumping off these cliffs but it can be a life changing event," said Joe Stadterman, a park ranger. Stadterman says rangers responds to multiple injuries each year. "Anything from broken bones to people being paralyzed for the rest of their lives," said Stadterman.

Cliff diving and jumping off bridges is prohibited at the state park. Offenders can receive a $50 fine.

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