13-year-old boy dies in fall while climbing in Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park. Photo: Utah State Parks

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, March 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 13-year-old boy was fatally injured Sunday afternoon when he fell while climbing in Snow Canyon State Park.

A mother and three children from Iowa had been visiting in the St. George area and were in Snow Canyon State Park at Pioneer Names, Utah State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg told Gephardt Daily.

Pioneer Names has sheer cliffs and is a popular site for climbing, he said.

“The boy was scampering, free climbing, and apparently got up too high,” Swalberg said. “He fell from a significant height and sustained fatal injuries.”

The fatal fall occurred sometime between 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Swalberg did not know if the mother and the other two children witnessed the incident, but he said they were nearby when it happened.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue assisted in the recovery.



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