Responders locate body of cliff jumper at Gunlock Reservoir

Intermountain Life Flight helicopter takes off after searching the Gunlock Reservoir lower falls for a missing 36-year-old man in Washington County, Utah, May 31, 2019 | Photo by Ryann Richardson, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Officials have located the body of a man who went cliff jumping at Gunlock Reservoir.

First responders went to the scene Friday after receiving reports of a man not returning to the surface after jumping from the top of the waterfalls at the reservoir. According to a press release from the Utah State Parks, the body of 36-year-old Brandon Gary Johnson, of Logan, was recovered from the water Saturday morning.

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“At this time, it appears that Johnson died from the impact; however, the incident remains under investigation,” the release states.

Johnson, who witnesses said was jumping from the lower falls with his family, had been working as a foreman in Washington County for the last four months.

A picture of first responders beginning the search at the Gunlock Reservoir lower falls in Washington County, May 31, 2019 | Photo by Ryann Richardson, St. George News

Witnesses said Johnson came to the surface, supposedly unconscious, for a moment before going back under the water.

Utah State Park rangers, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and law enforcement from the Bureau of Land Management responded to the scene and assisted in the search.

“The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation extends our condolences to the friends and family impacted by this incident,” the release states.

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