Spencer Webb, a star Sacramento football player who played for the University of Oregon, died this week in a cliff diving accident at a popular swimming hole not far from the university’s campus in Eugene, in Oregon.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that a 22-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon after hitting his head while recreating just west of Triangle Lake.
Sheriff officials did not identify the victim, but Webb’s family members and high school coaches confirmed the death of the Christian Brothers star to The Sacramento Bee.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office wrote that deputies responded to “landslides” just west of Triangle Lake. Paramedics located Webb about 100 yards up a steep trail but were unable to revive him.
The landslides are an attraction known as Lake Creek Falls, less than half a mile southwest of Triangle Lake along Highway 36 in Blachly. Triangle Lake and Lake Creek Falls are about an hour’s drive west of the Oregon campus.
Lake Creek Falls is a popular swimming and cliff jumping destination, according to the US Bureau of Land Management, which manages the site. Two main jumps at Lake Creek Falls are about 25 feet and 35 feet above the water, says a 2011 post on a blog called Eugene Outdoors.
Authorities said the death was accidental, with no foul play suspected.
In 2017, a 20-year-old Oregon woman was seriously injured after falling from rocks at Lake Creek Falls into water about 30 feet high, The Associated Press and local media reported. the time. The woman was rock climbing, KVAL 13 reported.
Webb’s death came less than two weeks after another college football player — Brexten Green, 20, a wide receiver for the Emporia State Hornets in Kansas — died in a cliff diving accident in Oklahoma.
Cliff diving is a subset of cliff jumping. Jumpers can either jump off a high cliff using a parachute, known as a BASE jump; or from relatively lower heights in a body of water, which is cliff diving.
Cliff diving is largely unregulated and prohibited at many cliffs across the United States. Few reliable statistics are available on the mortality rate of cliff diving, and the associated danger can vary greatly depending on location, climate and cliff height.