Daredevil lucky to be alive after cliff jump gone wrong in Nuuanu

NUUANU PALI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 24-year-old daredevil is lucky to be alive after his attempt at a complicated cliff jump at Kapena Falls went very wrong.

Honolulu resident Shane Brown attempted to do a triple gainer off a 35-foot ledge in September. The advanced-level jump involves a diver jumping while face forward, and doing a triple-back flip before hitting the water.

When Brown attempted the jump at Kapena Falls, a popular hiking spot off the Pali, he didn't jump away from the cliff enough and smashed his head.

"I broke seven pairs of ribs, my L1 vertebra, both shoulder blades, and this shoulder socket was really bad, I had to get surgery," said Brown.

Three months after his accident, the University of Hawaii mechanical engineering student said it has been a long road of recovery.

And it's not like he'll ever forget that day. Three separate cameras captured his attempt back on September 12.

One angle shows Brown whacking his head against the edge of the cliff. Another camera captures his scream.

"It's so hard to watch," Brown said referring to the video.

"The next part is just like coming up and I can't breathe and the next thing is like seeing my friend holding both my shoulders and pulling me and like lying down. Then he told me later that I kept asking like, 'What were we doing? What happened?' And he was like, 'You tried a triple gainer!' And I was like, 'Why would I do that? That's so stupid!'"

Brown said he was conscious through most of it. The last thing he said he remembered was the ambulance ride to the hospital. Two surgeries later, he said he realizes the outcome could have been much worse.

"Every day I think about that, how lucky I am to be alive because yeah, if I jumped shorter and my head hit all the way on that rock, because I was flipping so fast, that probably would have cracked my skull easily," he said.

The San Diego native still has pain and pins in his shoulder, but said he doesn't regret the jump, he just regrets not doing it successfully.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said there are no plans to close Kapena Falls off to the public and it is not illegal to jump off there.

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