AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Pennybacker Bridge is a place in Austin that people go to get away.
It's the views of the city from 60 feet from above that attracts people to the overlook.
"It's really an incredible view," said Sean Manning, who went for a jog on the overlook for the first time on Monday.
But that incredible view that everyone comes to visit turned deadly for one man on Sunday night. Phillip Short, 63, was posing for a picture with his family at the point overlooking the Pennybacker Bridge when he slipped and fell to his death.
"We found a patient who had fallen in the neighborhood a little over 60 feet below the ridge above the bridge," said Lt. Josh Porshe, of the Austin Fire Department.
Short died on the scene, after EMS crews had to deploy special units to reach him in the rough terrain more than 60 feet below the overlook. The ledge that overlooks the bridge doesn't have any guardrails or signs to warn visitors of the rugged terrain.
"Certainly right on the edge over here and here, it seems like its a little dangerous -- especially for little kids. There's no signage, but it's an extreme drop," said Manning.
Since 2005, the Austin Fire Department has made 60 high-angle rescues -- eight of which came from lookouts at Mount Bonnell and at the Pennybacker Bridge. While guardrails have been considered, not everyone thinks they're necessary.
Daniel Zivkovic of Oklahoma comes to the bridge every time he visits Austin.
"It's peaceful. It's a place to think and just relax," said Zivkovic.
But he's not convinced that a barrier at the site is the answer.
"I mean, it's kind of: Come up here at your own risk. I really don't think there should be a rail. I like to come sit over the edge, hang my feet and look down," he said.
Officials warn visitors to take extra precautions when visiting the bridge.
"It's just a good reminder that the terrain can be treacherous and that you've got to be super careful in some of these areas, particularly high cliffs that have a huge drop-off," said Porshe.
And that point was not lost on those who visited the bridge on Monday.
"It's sad because they come for such a beautiful time, and it ends in tragedy," said Manning.
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