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Spokane man critically injured in botched bridge jump

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

One man jumped off a bridge, trying to do a backflip into the Spokane River, but instead, he got critically injured and was rushed to the ICU. Cell phone video shows just how dangerous it can be.

Rowan Clark was there Saturday with his friends. It’s an abandoned bridge near TJ Meenach where people who know about it like playing.

“A lot of people I know love to jump off of it and stuff,” Rowan says. “When I got here there were already people jumping off of it.”

He says people have been using it for years, and haven’t had an incident. But something went wrong on Saturday. One guy, who was floating down the river, said to Rowan and his friends that he could do a backflip off the bridge. It’s a 60-foot drop from where he jumped. But, when he hit the water, others noticed something was wrong and rushed in to help.

Rowan called 911 immediately as people rushed to get the man out of the water.

“They're like we're losing him we got to help him,” Rowan recalls.

His training as a lifeguard kicked in and he and another teen were doing CPR on the man.

“Something like that happens it's kind of like we got to buckle down and help this guy out as much as I can,” he says.

Rowan now just hopes the man is doing okay.

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