Man Falls 60 Feet To His Death While Distracted By Cell Phone

| by Brendan Kelly
Sunset Cliffs, where the man fell to his deathSunset Cliffs, where the man fell to his death

A man reportedly distracted by a personal electronic device, most likely a cell phone, plummeted 60 feet to his death at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego on Christmas day.

NBC 7 reported that the incident happened at about 4:50 p.m. on Dec. 25. A man, now identified by NBC 7 as 33-year-old Joshua Burwell from Sheridan, Indiana, fell off the side of a cliff while walking and looking at his electronic device.

“Witnesses stated seeing someone distracted by an electronic device and he just fell over the edge,” San Diego lifeguard Bill Bender told NBC 7. “[He] wasn’t watching where he was walking, he was looking down at the device in his hands.”

After Burwell fell, three witnesses made their way to the bottom of the cliff and attempted to save his life, but it was too late, unfortunately. The man was declared dead at the scene.

“They acted quickly, they found a way to get down the cliff,” Bender told NBC 7. “They put themselves at jeopardy ... They administered CPR to the person in an attempt to save a life.”

Sources: NBC 7Daily Mail / Photo credit: Daily Mail