Man dies cliff jumping in Flaming Gorge
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo (AP) – A Rock Springs man has died after insisting on jumping off a cliff into the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Authorities identified the dead man as Michael Pond, 24.
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and County Coroner Dale Majhanovich say Pond went to the Big Firehole area of Flaming Gorge with four friends on Saturday.
Pond told his friends that he wanted to jump off a cliff into the lake and they tried unsuccessfully to talk him out of it. The friends told officers that once Pond reached the water, it never came back up.
Searchers found Pond’s body and estimated the height of the cliff from which he jumped to be 150 feet. In 1999, a 19-year-old man died in a similar manner at the same location.