Man drowns at White Rock Park after jumping from platform

(File Photo)

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH)  – The 30-year-old man who drowned in White Rock Park in St. Paul Thursday afternoon has been identified.

DNR officials said Ryan L. Hester, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a friend jumped from a 30-foot platform into about 20 feet of water around 3:20 p.m.

Police said the two men jumped at the same time, but only one person is supposed to jump at a time from that platform.

Hester never came up after the jump, according to his friend. His body was recovered by Indiana State Police and DNR divers shortly after 5 p.m.

Witnesses said Hester landed awkwardly on a rope, which may be a factor in his death.

The incident is still under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday, DNR officials said.

According to the park’s website, there are no lifeguards on duty. The website also states, “Not responsible for accidents, injury, or stolen property.”

White Rock Park is located at 7080 S 750 E in St. Paul. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s