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Death of 1 who jumped off cliff into quarry ruled accidental

July 29, 2019

BANGOR, Pa. (AP) — The death of a man who plunged off a cliff into an eastern Pennsylvania quarry has been ruled accidental.

The Northampton County coroner said 49-year-old Joseph Belverio of Upper Darby Township died from drowning in the quarry on private land in Bangor.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday and found him floating face-down in the water. Coroner Zachary Lysek said he “jumped off one of the higher cliffs” more than 100 feet high on Friday night.

Officials say Slate Belt quarries can be deadly with their high, sheer walls and water depths of up to 300 feet, but in summer months people trespass to gain entry and use them as swimming holes.

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