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Man Dies in Cliff Diving Incident at Flaming Gorge

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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A Rock Springs man has died after he insisted on jumping off a cliff into Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Authorities identified the dead man as 24-year-old Michael Pond.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and County Coroner Dale Majhanovich say Pond went to the Big Firehole area of Flaming Gorge on Saturday with four friends.
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 officials that once Pond hit the water, he never came up.

Searchers recovered Pond’s body and estimated the height of the cliff where he jumped at just under 175 feet. A 19-year-old man died in a similar fashion at the same spot in 1999.

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