Reminder: No Diving at Bottomless Lakes State Park | KOB 4

Reminder: No Diving at Bottomless Lakes State Park

Joshua Panas
June 01, 2018 07:44 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. - The Chves County Sheriff's Department is reminding people that diving is not allowed at Bottomless Lakes State Park. The warning comes two days after 22-year-old Alfredo Osornio drowned after diving into Devil’s Inkwell.


An officer from the New Mexico State Police Dive Team located Osornio's body at a depth of about 27 feet, according to Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder.

He said there were no signs the victim hit any rocks on his way down, so he believes Osornio hit the water with his head, leaving him unconscious, which ultimately lead to the drowning.

There are eight lakes at the state park. Diving is not allowed in any of them. Visitors can only swim in one, Lea Lake.

“Those warning signs are there for a reason and that’s to keep people safe,” said Snyder. “It’s important that we learn from our mistakes and that’s a kind of how those safety signs have grown over the years. And they’ve prohibited swimming in some of those lakes because of the dangers.”

Snyder said there have been similar incidents at the Pecos River, where divers are seriously injured or killed after jumping into the river, thinking the water was deeper.

He added that potential drownings aren’t the only thing he wants park visitors to keep in mind. Snyder said rattlesnakes are a bigger threat. He says they crawl around the bluffs and will bite.

He wants visitors to know that the safest areas are where there is a crowd. If anyone wants to enjoy a less occupied area, he said they should do it where friends or family can easily get to them, in case of an emergency.


Joshua Panas

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