Man dies after diving into shallow water from 40ft embankment, Texas police say

A man has died after jumping from a 40ft embankment into a shallow pond near a Texas lake, police say.

Gladewater Police Department officers responded to a 911 call around 4:20 p.m. on July 1 in Gladewater Lake, regarding an “unresponsive male,” the department said in a Facebook post.

A 34-year-old man plunged head-first from a high embankment and landed in a pond about 4 feet deep, seven witnesses told police.

“The location of this was off the main lake in an area where people go swimming and which is surrounded by high embankments, shallow water and a rocky bottom,” the post read. “Witnesses who observed the victim dive into the water helped pull him out of the water and began to provide assistance.”

First responders at the scene also assisted, but the man died “due to the severity” of his injuries, police said.

“Initial investigation revealed that alcohol may have been a contributing factor to this unfortunate incident,” the department said.

Gladewater Lake is about 150 miles east of Fort Worth.

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