Florida man 'falls 60 feet' into spring after branch breaks: VIDEO

Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Florida man 'falls 60 feet' into spring: VIDEO
Christopher James Sikes Smalley fell into the water at Crystal Springs Vernon, Florida after the branch he was on broke, video shows.

VERNON, Fla. -- A man who fell from what he described as a 60-foot-tall tree into a creek in Vernon, Florida, emerged from the fall with just minor injuries.

Florida man Christopher James Sikes Smalley was preparing to jump from a tree at local swimming spot Crystal Springs Vernon when the branch that was supporting his weight broke, causing him to plummet into the water below.

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Footage shows Smalley hitting and breaking another branch before he lands in the water.

Speaking to Storyful, Smalley said he usually jumps from a smaller branch and that it was his first time jumping from that height.

"The fall was crazy. I knew when I heard the branch crack that it just got real and I was going down. It was the first time at that height. I jump from the branch I hit on the way down all the time."

Smalley told Storyful he suffered bruising on his legs and foot injuries, but did not have any broken or fractured bones.