Jesse Khan Yuth, 18, of Signal Hill, died Wednesday after a diving accident in the San Gabriel Mountains. Photo courtesy of Walter Yuth
A Long Beach Polytechnic High School wrestler died Wednesday when he jumped about 50 feet into a pond of water at the bottom of Hermit Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains, authorities said.
Jesse Khan Yuth, 18, who was a senior at Long Beach Poly and lived in Signal Hill, leapt about 50 feet from a rock into the pool at the bottom of Hermit Falls at about 9:00AM, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials. When Yuth surfaced, there was blood coming from his nose.
Two of his friends jumped into the water to try to rescue him, to no avail. They suffered minor injuries from their attempt at rescuing Yuth.
Yuth was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
This was the second falling death at this location in the last 16 months, following the death of a 19-year-old Cal State Fullerton student who attempted to make the jump.
Yuth’s family has set up an online fundraiser to help with his funeral expenses.
According to a bio on Yuth’s fundraiser page, he dreamed of going into the military and he was “a guy with a masculine exterior” but “had a soft heart for cheesecake and a respectful attitude towards women.”
Yuth’s family said a remembrance vigil will be held tonight at 5:00PM at the military recruiting station, located at 590 Pine Avenue.