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NAVAJO CANYON, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A 6-month-old boy from Bluffdale died after a boating accident near Navajo Canyon in Arizona, officials said Monday.
Dispatch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a report at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday of an accident in which the child received major head trauma, according to a news release from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service.
“It was reported the accident happened when a houseboat was trying to dock on a beach in the area of Navajo Canyon, approximately 12 miles from Antelope Point Marina,” the news release said. “Reports are that when the boat struck the beach an adult fell on the child.”
The vessel had 13 people on board, including several small children.
“National Park Service Rangers were patrolling in the area at the time of the incident and responded immediately,” the news release said. “While transporting the infant by boat to Antelope Point Marina, emergency first aid was provided, including rescue breaths and chest compressions.”
With the assistance of the Page Fire Department, the child was transported to the Page Hospital for further evaluation.
The child was then flown to the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he died in the early hours of Monday morning.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Page Hospital to conduct an investigation into the incident. The continuing investigation also will involve the National Park Service and the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner.