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Tourist falls 20 feet while taking pictures at Sunset Cliffs

Posted at 10:51 PM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 02:15:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A dramatic scene unfolded Thursday night, as rescue crews worked to pull a 19-year-old man out of the water near Sunset Cliffs. 

Gerard Hobbs was trying to snap a picture of his friend at Sunset Cliffs when he fell nearly 20 feet and into the water. 

Thankfully, he's able to smile about it. 

"It's pretty fine," he said, laughing. "I'm fine."

Hobbs says he and a friend were down the cliff taking pictures at sunset when suddenly -the rocks beneath him gave way. 

"We were filming a video we were making and I ended up falling in," Hobbs said. "when  I felt the sea weed was wrapping around me and I started panicking."

Initially, 10News Reporter Anthony Pura thought the 19-year-old broke his leg in the fall. But Hobbs said he was lucky. He's walking away with a sore leg and a few scratches. 

 "Yeah...I should be dead right now," he said. "I'm grateful for everything."