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Man Arrested After Jumping Off Venice Pier Naked On A Dare

Venice Pier (Photo by steve via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A man got arrested early this morning after accepting a triple dog dare to strip down and jump off the Venice Beach Pier.

It caused quite a commotion as onlookers feared they were watching a suicidal man jump to his death. Police and firefighters were called in around 3 a.m. to deal with the man, according to City News Service.

Houston Golden did a really good job painting a picture of the scene for NBC Los Angeles, "I was just watching the waves, just having a midnight stroll and the next thing I know there's a helicopter spotlighting and police patrolling in and coming in real fast. And then I saw a naked man running in from the ocean under the pier, coming up, trying to hide underneath the pier."

The man in his mid-20s tried to seek refuge among the pylons before he eventually came back to shore. He was covered with a towel before being handcuffed and cited for being on the beach after hours.

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LAPD Lt. Daniel Gonzales told CNS that they took the jumping seriously because of the potential danger: "We've had people get caught in the pylons and get all bloodied up." He added, "I'm sure it's going to cost him a pretty penny."

You can catch a glimpse of the guy in this NBC telecast: