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Two Men Fall Down Cliff While Playing 'Pokemon Go'



    Two 'Pokemon Go' Players Fall Down Cliff

    Two men distracted while playing the "Pokemon Go" game on their phones fell down a cliff in Encinitas. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports. (Published Thursday, July 14, 2016)

    Two men fell off a cliff Wednesday in San Diego's North County while playing "Pokemon Go," the Encinitas Fire Department confirmed.

    San Diego Lifeguards reported that someone had fallen off a cliff at E Street around 1:12 p.m. When the Encinitas Fire Department arrived, they found a man around 80 to 90 feet down the cliff, on the beach.

    Crews found a second man who was unconscious about 50 feet down the cliff.

    Both men were taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital.

    2 Men Fall Off Cliff Chasing 'Pokemon Go' Characters

    [DGO] 2 Men Fall Off Cliff Chasing 'Pokemon Go' Characters
    NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports on the rescue of two men who, firefighters say, were injured in a cliff fall while playing the mobile app "Pokemon Go."
    (Published Thursday, July 14, 2016)

    According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO), the men were ages 21 and 22 years old. Deputies believe one of the men may have consumed alcohol.

    The extent of their injuries was  unknown.

    SDSO said the men will not be charged in the incident.

    A sign posted on the fence warns the public that the bluffs are unstable but the men had climbed over to find a character in the popular video game, according to SDSO.

    "Pokemon Go" opens with a warning to players to be aware of their surroundings, but that hasn't stopped reports of accidents across the country since the "augmented reality" game's July 6 release.

    There have been several disturbing stories connected to the popular game.

    Pokemon Go Player Finds Unconscious, Drunk Driver in Car

    [NATL] Pokemon Go Player Finds Unconscious, Drunk Driver in Moving Car
    A Michigan man playing Pokemon Go was led to an unconscious driver in her still-moving car on July 11, 2016, police said. Gabriel Loyola called the police who determined that the woman passed out behind the wheel was intoxicated. She was arrested pending charges. "I'm over here supposed to be catching Pokemon, not saving people, right?" Loyola said with a laugh.
    (Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016)

    In Wyoming, a woman found a dead body floating in a river. Then, in San Francisco, a brother and sister had their phones stolen while playing the game. Similar crimes have been reported elsewhere.

    Ankle injuries, mishaps with revolving doors and walking into trees have also been reported. In Long Island, New York, for example, a graduate student injured himself falling off a skateboard and a Maine woman reported twisting her ankle because she was distracted.

    And then there are the embarrassing incidents like the players in Pennsylvania who found themselves locked in a cemetery after closing.

    Of course, some Pokemon trainers have gone "above and beyond." Take, for example, the Michigan man who stumbled on an intoxicated woman behind the wheel of her still-moving vehicle.

    In Fullerton, California, two veteran U.S. Marines were playing "Pokemon Go" and helped nab a man wanted for attempted murder and other crimes, police said.

    If all of this is new to you, read up on what you need to know about Pokemon Go here.

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