Cliff jumper from Erie County dies after drowning in Lake Erie


The man has been identified as Alex L. Musser, 19, of Waterford

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ERIE, Pa. (WJET) – An Erie County man is dead after drowning in Lake Erie near Ripley, New York.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, it happened near Ripley Beach.

The man has been identified as Alex L. Musser, 19, of Waterford. He was among four people who had gone to the area to go cliff jumping.

Authorities were called to the scene for a man in distress after two 19-year-old’s jumped into the water. The other 19-year-old was found on some rocks at the bottom of the cliff and was treated for apparent non-life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s Department said Musser had already drowned by the time that first responders arrived on the scene.

The Chautauqua County WET Team was able to locate Musser. They have said there is no foul play involved in this incident, and there will be no charges filed.

Investigators say the rough water was likely to blame for the drowning.

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