Man, 27, drowns in Crater Lake after leap from 'Jumping Rock'
CRATER LAKE, Ore. - Divers have recovered the body of a 27-year-old man who jumped off a rock cliff at Cleetwood Cove on Crater Lake and never surfaced.
Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove and along the shore of Wizard Island.
"The incident occurred at the end of the Cleetwood Trail at a location on the lakeshore where every summer thousands of park visitors jump into the cold lake and then quickly swim to shore," Crater Lake National Park staff said in a statement. "Locals refer to the spot as the 'Jumping Rock.' Park staff are unaware of any previous drownings in that area."
Around 4:40 p.m. Sunday, park officials learned that the man had jumped and not resurfaced.
"People on scene immediately threw out a life ring and staff from the Crater Lake Hospitality park boat tour operation went to the area in a small boat to help with the search. Park staff mobilized quickly and responded to the location, over one mile down the Cleetwood Trail," according to park staff. "The search continued by boat, but the water was choppy and visibility was obscured in the area. Divers were called, but due to the remote location there was not time for them to do any searching before darkness fell. After more than three hours from the time of the incident with no sign of the victim, the search was called off for the night."
Divers mobilized on Monday and located the man 90 feet below the surface on a rock ledge.
The lake drops off to 1,200 feet beyond that point.
The victim's body was transported to Klamath Falls. The man's identity is not yet available.