Frank M. Ortega Death – The identity of a man who drowned to death on Saturday, July 18 at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir between Squaw Hollow and Anvil Draw, has been released by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office as 63-year-old Frank M. Ortega, of local Green River.
The authorities are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Ortega’s drowning to death.
According to police report, Ortega was snorkeling alone in windy conditions approximately 50 feet offshore. When friends and loved ones lost sight of him, they immediately searched the shoreline by boat for him.
Ortega was later found and pulled from the water, and lifesaving measures were immediately administered but unfortunately he couldn’t be revived.
Ortega was pronounced dead before the arrival of an AirMed helicopter which was initially launched from Rock Springs at the request of emergency first responders.
Investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing.