May 30, 2014
UPDATE: thank you everyone for sharing your information concerning Taylor Rankin. I know getting the truth straight is important. I'll do my best to keep up with your messages and post as many as possible.
May 28, 2008
"Hi Patricia, I am so sorry to hear of your injuries at Ricks cafe. My Partner and I were there recently and saw a girl jump and land on her back. I actually got a short video of her jump and some photos of her badly bruised legs afterwards. She didn't seem to have any help afterwards by "lifeguards" or anyone else. We went there to see the sunset, but after seeing this we asked our driver to take us back to our resort.
A few days later we did hear the girl was in hospital with internal bleeding (I don't know if that's true).
I totally support your site and hope if people are still going to jump that there will be much more safety procedures as you suggest.
Wishing you all the best in your recovery".
UPDATE: I have received hundreds of emails, many of them are stories of other injuries. Recovery is long and painful 24/7. Thanks for all the emails of support and sharing your stories with me. I will post them soon.
INJURY: March 26, 2008 - Ian suffered whiplash and warns to avoid the jump. Click here to read story.
INJURY: Sept. 13, 2007 - Gretchen M. DeLue suffered severe bruising from jumping at Rick's Cafe. Click here to read her story and see photos of her injuries.
TRAGEDY: July 22, 2007 - Melissa Thibeault: my heart is with you and the memory of your father who passed away. Please read Melissa's story about her nightmare in Jamaica the day before her wedding, her experience at Rick's Cafe, and her disbelief that Rick's Cafe could not even offer a back board to carry her father up the cliffs. They had to use a piece of wood from a fence. Click here to read Melissa's warnings.
WARNING EMAIL TO TOURISTS recieved July 20, 2007 - Hello my name is Ben I just came back from jamaica the last Sunday 2007-07-15, I went to the Rick's Cafe after drinkin a couple of drinks I took the decision to jump the cliff. Everybody over there encourage me to jump and they told me There is No problem everything is irie in jamaica. I had the chance to be ok after the jump,but I regret what I have been done. I do not recommend to anybody to play with Life like I did. I recommand to Rick's cafe to stop the tourist To jump that cliff,I feel concerned about it. Thanks
June 7, 2007
More injuries :
The list keeps growing. See "Other Injuries" section for and updated lists of more victims of Rick's Cafe
INJURY - MAY 31, 2007
Lynne Smith from Illinois, US, broke her spine jumping at Rick's Cafe on April 2, 2007. CLICK HERE TO READ HER STORY
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for your personal emails of support and emails to the companies responsible for the safety of future tourists at Rick's Cafe Negril.
- WHAT DO I WISH TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS SITE?
1) I would like them to train their lifeguards in proper CPR techniques
2) I want Rick's Cafe to purchase basic medical equipment such as a back board and neck brace.
3) I want Rick's Cafe to vocally warn innocent tourists about the risk of spinal cord injury, sternum breakage, paralysation, burst eardrums and vaginas, skeletal dislocations, severe bruising, eye jelly detachment, ligament damage, post-traumatic-stress, neurological damage, and death.
Perhaps Rick's cafe should consider their location to be an extreme sports location. Perhaps they should forbid tourists from jumping altogether and allow them to simply watch. Maybe all the risks should be put on paper and the tourists should sign a release form.
****Send an email to Rick's Cafe, responsible for allowing unknowing tourists to jump their cliffs and suffer life altering injuries AND for allowing tourists to plunge to their deaths AND for not even having a back board or training in basic first aid :
- Rick's Cafe Negril, Jamaica (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rick's Cafe Negril, Jamaica (email@example.com)
Wow this activity looks fun you think! Check out this video as it really doesn't look high the cliff and it's only 2 seconds to landing. How can you die from hitting the water, how is this possibly you think? Well it's extremely dangerous.
died this past Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Taylor Rankin, 26, died Tuesday from injuries that occurred while he was with a group of friends jumping off seaside cliffs in the beach town of Negril.
Thank you Laura for sharing your information. People really appreciate being able to read unedited information from direct sources. I'm personally overwhelmed and saddened reading your story.
"Taylor backed up on the platform and ran 3-4 steps to make his dive. He did a forward flip. He did not belly flop. He really just went slightly past vertical and was bent like he was sitting in a chair on his entry".
"Our boat was at the site five minute before he jumped. He DID NOT miscalculate and hit the rocks. He did not hit any rocks. He tried to do a flip and belly-flopped… while snapping his neck back".
|READ AN EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.||
BY: Dr. Luke Haslam, DDS
I was unfortunately an eyewitness to this tragedy and would like to provide you with some more accurate details of the event. My wife and I were members of a scenic ocean tour to Ricks Cafe in Negril and arrived at the cliff side before 4pm. Our group began the swim from the boat to the cliff side where a ladder, then staircase provide access up the cliff to the cafe. This is a hotspot to view the locals dive from the cliffs for tips. Many tourists jump as we'll and are warned to do so at their own risk. I was in the water about 50 yards from this young man when he jumped from the upper diving level. He attempted a double back flip and landed directly in the water with a belly flop; there was no impact with rocks at any point. When he surfaced, he slowly swam for a period of about 30 sec before he rolled onto his back and started to float. There were about half a dozen locals and tourists within arms reach of him at this point and he was quickly brought to the ladder where he was lifted out of the water and laid on the rocks. No attempts were made by anyone to assess he condition or provide spinal support before this lift because rescue and medical staff are nonexistent. The scene was very chaotic and crowded. I could not see nor hear what rescue services were being provided because I was in the water and unable to get close to the ladder to get ashore for about ten minutes. One of the tour staff from the vessel I was on retrieved a spine board from our boat and brought it to the cliff side by way of a smaller tour boat that could get close to the rocks. The many tourists still floating in the water made way for the boat to gain quick access to the injured man. After he was moved to the board, he was lifted up a set of stairs to a larger area about halfway up the cliffs. At this point I was able to make my way to the ladder and climb out of the water. I made my way through the crowd so I could make sure there was an experienced person assessing his condition. There were two nurses from the USA providing CPR. A box for an AED was brought to the injured man, but it only contained an o2 mask with an empty bottle. The nurses, tourists and family members had already asked for emergency services to be called, but they were told that none existed. The young man was cyanotic with no pulp response. He was showing signs of tetany suggestive of a cranial injury. Over and over again, emergency transportation to a hospital was requested with none provided. After about 45min of unsuccessful CPR, he was carried to the top of the cliff and transported to the hospital by tour shuttle bus. The local hospital is about 90min from this location. This was a tragic accident in a location that was entirely unprepared for emergency services. Many locals were moving the experienced emergency providers away with comments like, he is okay, he's just drunk....he is in gods hands, let god help him breath... I even heard someone say don't talk about this at your resort because this happens all the time and we still want people to come here! Once he was taken away, the music and cliff diving resumed without hesitation.
In August 2006 I visited Rick's Cafe Negril, Jamaica after being sold THE NEGRIL SUNSET TOUR. To my surprise their were locals diving from trees and off the 33 foot cliff into the water. The 'lifeguards' from Rick's cafe Negril told tourists to jump in the water and give them a tip. At Ricks Cafe, there is no indication that tourists regularly suffer broken spines, sternums, bruises, and even death. I jumped not realizing that the impact of the water from a short height would crush my body. I broke my spine and sternum. I displaced my diaphragm and bruised my thigh. I thought I might drown had I not found the mental strength to surface from the water. No responsible person from Rick's Cafe Negril came to help except some "lifeguards" whom endangered my life more then anything. It seems clear that none of them had previously received the proper training from Rick's Cafe. I'm grateful to be alive and to not be paralyzed from the waist down.
I recently was diagnosed with Posterior Vitreous Detachment. I now see a black spot in my left eye. The jelly in my eye is lose "due to a major impact". Further more, I have to start a new medication treatment to help the severe migraines I have suffered daily since my accident. The medication should calm the brain activity that is contributing to my post-traumatic-stress. And finally I have to start taking new sleeping pills simply because I can no longer fall asleep at night!
In 'Other Injuries' section you will find links to other victims including Lynne who broke her spine jumping at Rick's Cafe Negril Jamaica on April 2nd, 2007. I hope to soon have more information on the local Jamaican boy who died diving at Rick's Cafe Negril a few years ago.