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.

3 Comments

  1. Chuck Bryant

    I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often at Boysen.

  2. Chelsie Kappius-Chavarria

    I grew up with Johnny and he was so full of life and joy and love. He will be greatly missed. Often people say how amazing people were after they die but Johnny truly was the most amazing and genuine person. To us who knew him this is not just another story you read on the news, but our loved one and friend.

  3. Sara Marie Egge

    It's sad to see how many articles are spelling his name wrong. Andrew not Andrews or andres

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