Sheriff IDs victim of accident at Tanque Verde Falls

Sheriff IDs victim of accident at Tanque Verde Falls

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department has identified the Tucson man who was killed in an apparent accident at Tanque Verde Falls on Sunday.

Richard M. Baker, 29, died after suffering a head injury while jumping into the water.

Sheriff's Deputies reported that Baker was seen jumping from a cliff into a pool of water.  He suffered a head injury and did not come back to the surface, according to witnesses.  Several witnesses that were nearby screamed and called for help, according to PCSO officials.

Tucson News Now spoke with one of the men who dove to try to find Baker.  The rescuer stated Baker had been under water for a few minutes and it took him about five dives to get down 20 feet.

After locating Baker, he was brought to the surface, where people tried to give him CPR.  Paramedics arrived and later declared him dead at the scene.

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