Reader Rant: When is it good ol’ fun – and when is it too dangerous?

by on July 17, 2009 · 2 comments

in Civil Rights, Health, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Sunset Cliffs divers. Click on photo for larger image. Photo by Jim Grant

Editor: In the wake of our discussion about the annual OB Marshmallow Wars and the dangers and mess they leave, comes this:

by Jim Grant

I wonder though about cliff diving….I was at the cliffs yesterday and took this of two guys diving head first off a famous jump spot along Sunset Cliffs – south of Ocean Beach.  These guys did this about 20 times.

Now should this be deemed illegal? Is it ??  Is it enforced ?? Is it safe? I have a whole slew of questions……

What if a diver beaks his or her leg or neck or is hurt in some way : The age old question – Who’s responsible – the kid, his or her parents, the City of San Diego???

The Fire Department and San Diego Police Department drive past the spot all day. NEVER have I seen them stop or even give a comment over the loud speaker……so could they be held responsible because of neglecting the divers ?

When it it good old fun and when is it a danger and who’s responsibility is it to police the actions ?

I don’t have all the answers…but I often say ” what if” ……I guess that come from being in business and always thinking about the liability issues…..

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

jettyboy July 19, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Diving or jumping off the cliffs is illegal, but somehow that matters not to OB 20 somethings. Big surprise huh? Jumping is fun, but diving head first seems like a good way to thin out the gene pool.


JPinSD July 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Anything about 5 feet is illegal.


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