First responders again called to Gunlock Reservoir after man plummets from top of falls

In this May 31, 2019, file photo, first responders search for the body of an man who died while cliff jumping at the Gunlock Reservoir in Washington County, Utah. On June 19, a man was taken to the hospital after he fell in the same area. | Photo by Ryann Richardson, St. George News

ST. GEORGE —  Emergency services were dispatched to Gunlock Reservoir Wednesday shortly before 2 p.m.

According to Utah State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg, a man in his 40s fell from the top of the falls, sustaining a back injury. Swalberg said the man was hiking when he slipped and fell from the top of the falls.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue were called to the scene to extract the man and assess his injuries.

He was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center via ambulance. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.

This is the second incident in three days related to falling into the rocks at the falls and follows the death of a cliff-jumper on May 31.

“We understand those falls are very popular, and that’s great,” Swalberg said. “We just encourage the public to be cautious when they’re enjoying the natural environment there.”

This report is based on statements from police, other emergency responders or witnesses and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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