Cliff-Jumping Death Near Fredericktown

1 decade 3 months 5 days ago Friday, September 07 2007 Sep 7, 2007 Friday, September 07, 2007 8:03:19 AM CDT September 07, 2007 in News
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FREDERICKTOWN (AP) - The grieving mother of a young man from Mehlville is calling for a popular cliff-jumping spot to be shut down. Denise Mattingly's 20-year-old son Michael Mattingly Junior died Saturday after slipping and falling from a rock cliff at the site, called the Offsets. The diving spot is located by a lake at an old lead mine near Fredericktown, about 70 miles south of St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Madison County Sheriff David Lewis has heard several calls to shut down the Offsets over the last 10 years. But he can't shut it down because it is privately owned and operated. The diving spot's manager says divers are well aware of the risks before they jump.

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