Taylor Rankin's cliff dive witnessed by Canadian
A Canadian tourist who says he saw a Thunder Bay man's cliff jump in Jamaica has told CBC News the police account of the incident is incorrect.
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Taylor Rankin's cliff dive witnessed by Canadian

Posted:May 30, 2014 9:01 AM ET

Last Updated:May 30, 2014 9:11 AM ET

The sea cliffs of Negril, Jamaica. An Ontario man died after jumping off sea cliffs while on vacation in Jamaica, according to authorities there.

The sea cliffs of Negril, Jamaica. An Ontario man died after jumping off sea cliffs while on vacation in Jamaica, according to authorities there. Getty images

A Canadian tourist who says he saw a Thunder Bay man's cliff jump in Jamaica has told CBC News the police account of the incident is incorrect.

According to the Associated Press, police believe Taylor Rankin, 26, miscalculated his jump and struck rocks.

Duane Cook, from Barrie, said he saw Rankin and his friends on a charter boat, then recognized them again at a cliff-side bar where Rankin jumped.

Cook said the popular diving spot overhangs the cliff edge. 

"I mean, you'd have to jump, and then somehow move backwards in mid-air and slam against the cliffs, which I don't see how that's physically possible," he said.

No one from the bar, Rick's Cafe in Negril, was available for comment to CBC News on Thursday.

Its website advertises cliff diving, saying: "In addition to the beautiful views, Rick's Cafe is fortunate to have one of the most incredible coves along the West End Cliffs."

"From our cliffs, countless visitors and locals have jumped or dived into the crystalline water below. Our highest platform jump is thirty-five feet and ensures the thrill of a lifetime," the webite states.

Cook said a couple of days before, he made the same jump as Rankin three times, and said there were no rocks to hit.

He speculated the impact from the ten-metre jump into water caused Rankin`s death.

"I jumped the three times and on my third jump, I was slightly angled a bit and I felt it on my chest, like I felt the impact."

Cook said he was sitting at the cafe with his girlfriend when he saw Rankin jump from the cliff. He didn't see him hit the water.  However, he did witness the rescue operations.

Jamaican authorities said their investigation continues.

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