A sophomore at Colorado State University was captured on cameraphone as he stood on the roof of an apartment complex and leaped from it, aiming at the swimming pool below. He missed and landed with a thud at the edge before rolling into the water.
9News.com, reports Ian Smith is now in intensive care with multiple broken bones. The young man, who ignored screams from other students not to jump, is reported to have been drinking before he climbed up to the roof of the three-storey building from which he took the jump.
Students at the party reported seeing a pool of blood. They helped drag him out of the pool and an ambulance rushed him to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Daily Mail reports.
MSNBC reports he suffered broken ankles, heels and multiple vertebrae fractures in the lower back. Emergency crews said he was lucky to be alive.
According to a witness Jared Roberts, who lives in the house from which Smith jumped: "You could hear him hit it, and just kinda rolled into the pool."
Daily Mail reports that the incident occurred during a Cinco de Mayo party at the Ram's Village Apartments in Fort Collins close to the university campus.