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Cliff jumper's body recovered from St. Croix River near Taylors Falls

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Paul Blume | FOX 9 News Paul Blume | FOX 9 News

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office confirmed the body of a cliff jumper was recovered Tuesday afternoon from the St. Croix River near Taylors Falls.

Alex Vitalis, 20, jumped from a rock ledge on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River on Monday evening, but he never resurfaced. His body was found beneath the rock face he dove from.

Deputies were called to the Franconia Landing area, where they launched a search that was called off due to darkness Monday night. The Chisago County Water Patrol and firefighters from Taylors Falls and Shafer resumed a search of the area on Tuesday, recovering the body at about 12:30 p.m.

The water is about 41 feet deep in the area where Vitalis' body was recovered. He had been pulled into a small crevasse, which is why he was not found when the water patrol initially searched the river.

The sheriff said Vitalis was from the area and was known to be a strong swimmer.


Cliff divers can hit the water with nine times as much force as a platform diver. Dr. Donald Jenkins, a Mayo Clinic trauma physician, said inexperience can result in injury or death. Debris in the water, not seen on the surface, can also pose a hazard.

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