Two men fall off Encinitas bluff playing Pokémon GO game

Two men fall off Encinitas bluff playing Pokémon GO game
One man, far right, is helped to a stretcher after being rescued off a bluff near E Street in Encinitas. Two adult males were taken to Scripps La Jolla Trauma Center on Wednesday afternoon. The man and his friend, who had fallen 75 to 100 feet down to the beach below, apparently were playing Pokémon GO. Photo by Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Two men were taken to Scripps La Jolla Trauma Center after Encinitas lifeguards and firefighters rescued one man off of a bluff around E Street and another man who had fallen 75 to 100 feet down to the beach below.

Both have sustained moderate injuries, according to a press release.

Emergency crews and lifeguards discovered the first man on the beach shortly after 1 p.m. and were tending to him when they spotted the second man on the side of the bluff, according to Joint Fire Management Services Battalion Chief Robbie Ford.

According to a press release, Sheriff’s deputies said the two males were playing Pokémon GO on their cell phones, when they went over the side to retrieve “prizes.”

Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game played on cell phones. The game mixes real world images captured through the phone’s camera and displays computer generated monsters on the screen in real time for the user to “capture.”

The one man on the bluff was rescued by firefighters using ropes and harnesses and pulled to the top. No firefighters were injured in the bluff side rescue.

Two engines, a fire truck, two medic units, lifeguards and a battalion chief responded to the scene.

The ages of the men are not yet known.

Nintendo released Pokémon GO as a free application for cell phones earlier this month. The game has quickly become the source of other accidents, including car crashes, falling — even allegedly being used in an armed robbery in Missouri, according to a report.

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