Two men fall off San Diego cliff playing Pokemon Go, just as I predicted

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San Diego rescue workers assist a man who fell off a cliff on Monday for some reason unconnected to Pokemon Go.

Credit: Larry McNamara

On Monday, my brother who lives in San Diego sent me an email with the subject line: “Third time this week.” What had happened for the third time was that someone fell off the oceanside cliff near his home, something that happens there with frightening regularity.

I asked my brother why this keeps happening.

“Gravity,” was his reply.

Me: “Ha-ha. I mean are they just trying to get a better look? Or flying one of those stupid flying things? Or playing Pokemon Go? (Oh, sweet heaven, that would be such a *great* rumor to start today even if it's not true.)”

Two days later it’s true, though not at the exact same cliff.

From the website of San Diego’s NBC affiliate:

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

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. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

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 the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

OK, fine, this wasn’t actually difficult to foresee.

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