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32-year-old man dies after falling 50 feet off Lagoon 'Sky Ride'

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A man fell off the Sky Ride at Lagoon early Saturday evening and an emergency medical crew took him to a hospital, but the park said it has "no reason to believe there was a malfunction with the ride." (KUTV)

UPDATE (Monday, August 16) -- The Farmington City Police Chief has confirmed the man who fell from the Sky Ride has died. A cause into how and why he fell is still under investigation. Police said there was no indication the fall was intentional.

UPDATE (Sunday, August 15) -- Police have identified the victim as a 32-year-old man. They said the man's family has requested his identity not be released to the public.

Police also noted the man fell an estimated 50 feet off the Sky Ride. He was riding the Sky Ride alone at the time of the fall.

A man fell off the Sky Ride at Lagoon early Saturday evening and an emergency medical crew took him to a hospital, but the park said it has "no reason to believe there was a malfunction with the ride."

A photo taken before the fall, sent to 2News by Victoria Taylor, showed the man clinging to the ride, dangling above the park.

"An adult male came off the Sky Ride," said Lagoon spokesman Adam Leishman. "He was transported off the park for medical services."

The man was believed to be in his early 30s.

It was unclear how far the man fell, or where he landed. The ride, a chair lift, goes each way from the north to south ends of the park. The fall occurred on the north side.

Lagoon officials said the Sky Ride has been safe for nearly 50 years.

"The Sky Ride has been operating at Lagoon, without incident at the park, since 1974," said Leishman. "Every ride on the park undergoes intense safety inspections. This received an inspection Saturday morning.

"This operates exactly like every chair lift at every ski resort here in Utah," he said, adding Lagoon receives a permit to operate the Sky Ride under an entity known as the Utah Ropeway Passenger Safety Committee.

A website from the Utah Department of Transportation said the panel "ensures the safety of passengers using aerial tramways, surface lifts and tows."

Leishman, who has been at Lagoon for 30 years, said he could not recall another time in his tenure when someone has fallen off a ride.

"Not in my time here, no, fortunately no," Leishman replied. "We're deeply concerned for the individual and his family. We're also deeply concerned for the employees and guests who were impacted by this event."

The Farmington Police Department was conducting an investigation of the incident. As of Saturday night, the man's name and his condition had not been released.

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