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Lifeguards rescue man at Sunset Cliffs

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A 38-year-old man injured in a jump at Sunset Cliffs has been rescued and taken to a hospital, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Lifeguards said the man jumped off a 25-30 foot cliff, and the impact from hitting the water knocked him out. 

"He definitely was clear of everything. He just kind of over rated and when he hit he water, he face planted and did like a belly flop," said Michael Water, a witness. 

"The smack was the most, devastating thing to hear. Absolute clatter of hands," said Ronan Organ, a witness. 

Michael Waters and five other guys pulled the man to the rocks. 

"I was afraid. When I got over there, he would slip under the water, but he floated the whole time. He was face down the whole time," said Waters. 

According to lifeguards, the man is a 38-year-old transient known to frequent the area. 

"We suspect alcohol played a role. The person does not remember how he got into the water although witnesses state the person jumped from the cliffs," said Lt. Andy Lerum. 

Despite the signs clearly posted, Sunset Cliff neighbors said rescues happen too often. 

Those caught violating the no jump law face a $400 fine. That fine can increase to the thousands of dollars if emergency services are required. 

The jumper suffered cuts and scrapes from being pulled up onto the rocks. 

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