Logan man’s body recovered after jump from top of waterfalls

A picture of first responders beginning the search at the Gunlock Reservoir lower falls in Washington County, May 31, 2019 | Photo by Ryann Richardson, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A Logan man’s body has been recovered at Gunlock State Park where he jumped from the top of waterfalls, but never resurfaced.

Utah Division of Parks and Recreation officials say 36-year-old Brandon Gary Johnson was found Saturday, a day after he was last seen jumping into water at the reservoir near St. George. According to an article in St. George News, witnesses said Johnson was jumping from the lower falls with his family.

Witnesses said Johnson came to the surface, supposedly unconscious, for a moment before going back under the water.

“At this time, it appears that Johnson died from the impact; however, the incident remains under investigation,” parks officials said in a statement.

Johnson had been working as a foreman in Washington County for the last four months.

Water doesn’t usually spill over to create waterfalls at Gunlock, but this year’s heavy Spring precipitation created a series of waterfalls and swirling pools inside the rocky spillway area beneath the reservoir, making it a popular attraction for tourists and locals.

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