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Cliffs claim second life at local state park

Posted: Thursday, Jul 3rd, 2014

For the second time in five weeks, a young man has lost his life after jumping from an area known as “the cliffs” adjacent to Long Canyon in the north end of Guernsey State Park. On Sunday, Johnny Andrews Ornelas, 22, of Torrington, died after jumping from the highest point of the formation.

GUERNSEY STATE PARK--For the second time in five weeks, Guernsey State Park is the scene of yet another fatality at a place known to locals as “the cliffs.”

Johnny Andrews Ornelas, 22, of Torrington died Sunday between noon and 1 p.m. after jumping from a stone abutment approximately 110 feet above the water. Witnesses said Ornelas had tried to accomplish a flip during the jump but landed on his back when he hit the water.

The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails reminds visitors to all of Wyoming’s State Parks that cliff diving/jumping is risky and can result in catastrophic consequences.

With the July 4th weekend approaching, visitors are urged to use caution on and around the water. Visitors are also reminded that Game and Fish wardens will be on patrol at all Wyoming lakes and reservoirs looking for boaters under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

For the complete article see the 07-01-2014 issue.

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