Man Dies After Jumping Off Rope Swing into Pond

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    A 24-year-old man has died in an apparent drowning after he jumped off a rope swing into a pond in eastern Pennsylvania.

     Allentown police responded at about 5 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a body in a pond near the South Mountain Reservoir.
     
    Witnesses tell police the man jumped off the makeshift rope swing into the water. They say he resurfaced, but was having trouble swimming and went under again.

    The Allentown Fire Department water rescue unit recovered the man's body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Coroner Scott Grim on Wednesday identified the man as 24-year-old Matthew Ruch of Allentown.
     
    An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the exact cause of death.
     
    The Lehigh County coroner's office and Allentown police continue to investigate.