Phoenix man drowns after jumping off Salt River cliff

MESA, AZ - The body of a 21-year-old Phoenix man has been recovered from the Salt River.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Hegstrom said witnesses told deputies the victim was tubing on the river with friends around 4 p.m. when he decided at Mud Cliffs to climb up and jump into the water from a height of approximately 15 feet.

Hegstrom said after the man jumped he resurfaced but appeared to be struggling. Friends tried to help the victim but he was flailing.

The victim, identified Saturday night as Jwan Frazier, went under again and did not resurface.

Frazier's body was recovered by divers just before 6 p.m. in 8 feet of water, Hegstrom said.

 

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