Above is the late Matt Heffernan’s 2014 highlight video. The kid was a ripper.
23-year-old skier Matt Heffernan died while cliff jumping at Causey Reservoir, east of Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday.
Matt was drifting on tubes with 2 friends through the reservoir and intermittently stopping jumping off cliffs on the edge of the lake.
Matt had jumped off a cliff for the fifth time. He attempted a double backflip and landed in the water face first and did not return to the surface.
Matt’s friends jumped in after him but we unable to locate Matt.
A nearby kayaker saw the incident and paddle 1/3 of a mile to acquire cell phone reception and called 911.
Search and rescue crews arrived at the scene of the accident to look for the missing man at 11pm on Friday night. On Saturday morning, divers and water crews continued the search for the missing jumper.
Matt’s body was found 50-feet down in the lake at 11am on Saturday.
The three tubing friends wore life jackets while rafting but removed them while cliff jumping. Life jackets are required any time one is on the water county ordinance on the Causey Reservoir.
Matt Heffernan was orginally from Cleveland, Ohio but had been living in Salt Lake City, Utah for the past 6 years while attending the University of Utah.
Causey Reservoir is a well known cliff jumping mecca in Utah.