Several cliff jumpers say they won't stop leaping from tall heights after a man was found unconscious in the Ottawa River.

A 28-year-old man was recovering in hospital Friday after he was rescued from the Ottawa River near Victoria Island just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Two other people pulled the man from the water until a water rescue boat arrived with a paramedic onboard. He was taken to The Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus in serious condition with head injuries, plus some possible neck and lower extremity injuries.

Paramedics said the man had been trying to perform a frontal flip when he hit the cliff. He told paramedics he forgot everything between his leap until he was pulled to shore.

Gatineau police are investigating, since it was on their side of the river, and police were seen monitoring the area later Thursday.

'I guess that's the smart thing to do'

But CBC News caught up with a group who continued to jump off the same cliff where the injury took place.

They said the risk is clear, but the adrenaline rush is worth it. A police visit only deterred some of the cliff jumpers from the pastime.

"They're just taking precautions not for everyone to get hurt. I guess that's the smart thing to do," said Daniel Lacourciere.

Watch the video report above for more from the CBC's Jessica Earle, who spoke to the jumpers.

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