Cliff diver drowned at Guernsey State Park Sunday, second fatality there this year

(Guernsey, Wyo.) – For the second time this season, a person has drowned jumping into the reservoir from the cliffs near Long Canyon in Guernsey State Park.

Johnny Andrews Ornelas, 22, of Torrington died Sunday 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.

Orenelas’ body was recovered at approximately 5 p.m. in eight feet of water and about 8-9 feet from shore.

Agencies responding to the incident were Wyoming State Parks staff, Wyoming Game and Fish, Guernsey Fire, Platte County Sheriff, Platte County Search and Rescue, Guernsey Fire and Ambulance, Wheatland Dive Team, Torrington Fire Dive Team and dog teams from Cheyenne.

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.