YouTube videos show dangerous Tempe Town Lake diving stunts - New York News

YouTube videos show dangerous Tempe Town Lake diving stunts

Posted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -

Posted on YouTube for everyone to see -- a video of someone making an acrobatic dive off a bridge at Tempe Town Lake. Swimming is off limits there, but that didn't stop this person. Or the many others that apparently make the same jumps.

That's just one of several videos on YouTube showing similar stunts at Tempe Town Lake. But city officials are telling us they fear someone could get seriously hurt.

In the video, the man standing on top of the bridge looks experienced, almost relaxed moments before performing what's described as a gainer dive into the lake.

Those who frequent the park are alarmed by the act, worried the diver didn't make it.

Daniel Sardina, who works for Tempe Town Boat Rentals, points out the spot where he saw a guy recently jump -- a guy he says swam to the side of the lake and casually walked away. It was 8:30 in the evening.

The Mill Avenue Bridge is 34 feet tall. If you watch the YouTube video carefully, it looks like the guy is making the jump from this area down into water that's only about 20 feet deep.

"There's an ordinance that you're not allowed to swim in the Tempe Town Lake unless there's a special event that allows it," says Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley.

Sgt. Mike Pooley is worried about the diver's safety as he is about the laws, and what lurks below could be deadly.

"We understand this person is probably trying to have a good time, trying to do something fun but at the same time we've seen this happen where people get hurt. People have died doing something like this."

The YouTube video ends with a splash, the diver surfaces, seemingly safe. Not enough reason for others to give it a try.

"I wouldn't do it myself, I would say it's extremely dangerous," says Sardina.

According to Tempe Police, that city ordinance that prevents anyone from swimming will get you a civil citation if you're caught in the water. There are no rules, ordinances or laws that prohibit anyone from jumping off the bridge.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 8 things to do in August

    8 things to do in August

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:16:28 GMT

    July came and went in the blink of an eye, or squint since the sun was so bright. As you dwell on the memories of 4th of July, weekends at the beach, nights at the ballpark and a good amount of warm weather, August is going to be another month to make more memories. Restaurant Week is still going on as well as SummerStage, but there is so much more happening in August. Here's a list of 8 things you can do in  New York throughout the month of August.

    July came and went in the blink of an eye, or squint since the sun was so bright. As you dwell on the memories of 4th of July, weekends at the beach, nights at the ballpark and a good amount of warm weather, August is going to be another month to make more memories. Restaurant Week is still going on as well as SummerStage, but there is so much more happening in August. Here's a list of 8 things you can do in  New York throughout the month of August.

  • Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused skydiver death

    Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused skydiver death

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:09:20 GMT
    A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.
    A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.
  • Man arrested for road rage shooting

    Man arrested for road rage shooting

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:15:13 GMT
    An upstate man is under arrest after police say he opened fire on another driver on I-84.The New York State Police say that Masey Moshref, 26, of Wappinger Falls faces a slew of felony charges after the Wednesday evening incident.At approximately 6:28 p.m., police received a 911 call from a driver who said a man driving a green Honda Accord bearing California license plates pulled alongside of his vehicle and displayed a black handgun.The victim says the man fired one shot at his vehicle, str...
    An upstate man is under arrest after police say he opened fire on another driver on I-84.The New York State Police say that Masey Moshref, 26, of Wappinger Falls faces a slew of felony charges after the Wednesday evening incident.At approximately 6:28 p.m., police received a 911 call from a driver who said a man driving a green Honda Accord bearing California license plates pulled alongside of his vehicle and displayed a black handgun.The victim says the man fired one shot at his vehicle, str...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices