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Man who died after jumping into Pa. pond ID’d

July 23, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says an eastern Pennsylvania man drowned after jumping off a rope swing into a pond, and he ruled the death an accident.

Police in Allentown in Lehigh County were called at about 5 p.m. Tuesday to the pond near the South Mountain Reservoir.

Witnesses said a man surfaced after jumping off the makeshift rope swing into the water, but they said he appeared to be having difficulty and went under again.

Coroner Scott Grim on Wednesday identified the man as 24-year-old Matthew Ruch of Allentown. He said an autopsy Wednesday determined that the cause of death was drowning.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death.

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