California Teen Falls Off Cliff in Stunt for Photo

A 17-year-old California boy suffered serious injuries Monday night when he dropped 75 feet off a cliff while trying to stage a mock photo shoot for his MySpace Web page, the Mercury News reported.

According to his friends, the Livermore teen was creating a picture for his profile when he tripped over the edge of Sentinel Rock, a popular scenic site in Mt. Diablo State Park. The boy stepped outside of the handrail, slipped and ended up wedged in a crevice far below, said San Ramon Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Mike Brown. He remained conscious.

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The fire department spent an hour getting to the victim, using rock-climbing gear to sidle down the edges of the cliff in the darkness. The boy then was carried a half-mile to a medical helicopter, which transported him to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Brown said.

About a year ago, 22-year-old Nicholas Ermak of Danville fell several hundred feet from the same rock. The college student was rushed to the hospital but died two days later from severe head injuries.

"We were real lucky on this one,” Brown said. “He had some serious injuries but I think he's going to be all right.”

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