Jumper killed at "Bluffs" after 25- to 35-foot plunge

By Larisa Brass Darren Dunlap knoxnews.com

A man who jumped to his death Saturday from a bluff on Fort Loudoun Lake has been identified as 51-year-old Mark Gallagher of Knoxville.

Gallagher was last seen shortly before 6 p.m. when he leaped from the popular Lenoir City hangout known as the "Bluffs," near Tellico Dam.

He jumped from a height of about 25 to 35 feet and was found in 55 to 60 feet of water, according to Earl Poe, assistant chief from the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team.

His body was recovered at 7:46 p.m. by Loudon County rescue personnel and an autopsy has been ordered, according to TVA spokeswoman Nancy Mitchell.

The victim initially was identified him as Mark Gallaher, 42. His sister-in-law, Monica Gallagher, said he was 51 and worked for a surveying company. She said the family had little more information about his death Saturday.

Gallagher's body was taken to Ft. Loudoun Medical Center, Mitchell said.