Man Found Dead After He Jumped From Cliff

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( – On Friday, July 21, an Ohio man’s body was recovered in Lake Powell, Utah following his decision to jump off of a high cliff. The man was unable to resurface and the rescue team could not find his body fast enough following the incident that was reported by witnesses.

A news release revealed that Cory Ryan Ehrnschwender, 36, from Cincinnati, had jumped into the lake from around 50 feet at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Witnesses revealed that the man did not resurface following his jump into the lake. The National Park Service (NPS) put out a statement that the man was at Buoy 89 on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Following the jump both park rangers, Utah Department of Natural Resources, and Kane County Sheriff’s Office officers began searching for the man, but their search was not successful.

A diving team then went into the lake on Friday morning. Then, using a side-scan sonar, they were finally able to recover Ehrnschwender’s body in around 30 feet of water. The cause of death has not yet been provided to the public. A Salt Lake City medical examiner is going to be responsible for the autopsy.

Officials have prohibited jumping from a height of more than 15 feet into the lake’s water. Officials have also warned the public against trying to jump from ledges, rock cliffs or other structures that might be available in the area.

Buoy 89 is around 89 miles away from Glen Canyon Dam in Kane County, Utah.

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