Buffalo, NY (WKBW) An ambulance rushed 21 year old Phillip Sanders to the hospital after he took a daring jump off a 25 foot high train trestle over the Buffalo River near Pawnee Parkway and Mineral Springs Road behind Hillary Park Friday around 5:45 p.m.
The victim was with three friends who also jumped. They were uninjured, but say their friend surfaced from the water saying he was in trouble before he went back under the water. His friends called 911 once they got to shore.
"One or two of them tried to assist him when he got into trouble but I don't think any of them were that strong of swimmers and they just all got out and called us," said Lieutenant Mark Michalek of the Buffalo Police.
It took a dive team 35 minutes to pull the victim from the bottom of the 25 feet deep river. He was unconscious, but police say he showed no signs of trauma. However, he died shortly after being rescued.
Ironically, the body was found in the same location where 17 year old Gary Ramos drowned in late May 2010, when he jumped off the same trestle.
The location is private property owned by CSX and despite the locked gates police say it is hard to keep kids out of the area.