Artesia man, 22, dies after jumping 200 feet into lake

New Mexico

A young man was killed while jumping off a cliff at a popular New Mexico lake.

Park officials are reminding everyone to be careful this summer vacation season.

Authorities have identified the man as 22-year-old Alfredo Osornio from Artesia who was visiting the park in Roswell with family and friends when it happened.

“He was 22, actually about to turn 23 tomorrow on June 1,” said Martin Osornio.

Martin Osornio says his older brother Alfredo was an adventurous, humble person who always put others before himself.

“I was in shock, I’m still in shock,” said Osornio.

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office says Osornio was killed just after 6 p.m. Wednesday night when he jumped from the bluffs into the Devil’s Inkwell at Bottomless Lakes State Park, about a 200-foot drop.

“Indicated that he landed feet first but that he was kind of leaning to one side so it’s very possible that he was just knocked unconscious when he hit the water and without somebody to pull you out immediately, you’re going to drown shortly after,” said Sheriff Britt Snyder of Chaves County.

The Roswell Fire Department and Chaves County deputies couldn’t find his body when they arrived.

A diver with the New Mexico State Police found his body about an hour after he jumped.

“A drop from that height is dangerous for somebody that knows what they’re doing, much less somebody that’s likely very inexperienced,” said Sheriff Snyder.

With summer vacation just getting started, officials want to remind visitors to think safety first when jumping into the water.

“Anywhere you have natural formations, you know you got to think twice about what you’re doing,” said Justin Beal who was visiting from Austin.

“Just common sense, stay smart,” said another visitor, Brandon Ihrig from Kansas City.

“It’s just a senseless tragedy, our prayers go out to the family,” said Sheriff Snyder.

Investigators do not think Osornio had been drinking.

Officials said the water levels are normal at Bottomless Lakes and played no part in the accident.

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