Man Dies After Diving Into The Blue Ridge Reservoir

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The body of a 39-year-old Flagstaff man was recovered from the Blue Ridge Reservoir by members of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Recovery Dive Team at about 11:48 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, at about 1:31 p.m., Emergency Communications Specialists of the Northern Arizona Regional 911 Reception Center received the report of an adult male who had jumped into the reservoir from a cliff face estimated to be between 40 feet and 50 feet above the surface of the water. According to the reporting party, the victim did not surface after he entered the water.

A Coconino County Sheriff’s deputy who is assigned to the Blue Ridge Patrol District responded to the scene. Upon his arrival, the deputy spoke with a number of witnesses, including the operators of several boats that were in the water and two adult males that the victim was swimming with. According to witnesses, the victim asked one of the boat operators for a depth of the water to which he responded 20 feet to 30 feet. The victim climbed to a rock ledge that was 40 feet to 50 feet above the surface of the water and dove in. When the victim did not resurface the boat operators and the victim's swimming companions searched the water to no avail.

Members of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit were deployed and used grappling hooks to drag the lake but were not able to recover the victim’s body.

On Monday, members of the Coconino County Sheriff's Dive Team arrived and began a deep water search and recovery effort. The victim’s body was located by dive team members at about 11:30 a.m.

The victim’s body was transported to the office of the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Coconino County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies continue this investigation.

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