Man dies while swimming in Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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DAGGETT COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 2, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man who went swimming in Flaming Gorge Reservoir was found unresponsive and was subsequently pronounced dead, officials said Sunday.

According to a news release from Daggett County Sheriff E.L. Bailey, personnel were dispatched at approximately 2:10 p.m. to the Cedar Springs Marina on a report of a man who had been swimming in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

“The male was found unresponsive and later pronounced deceased,” the news release said.

Officials did not immediately release further details of the incident, including the exact cause of the man’s death.

The identity of the victim will not be released at this time, the news release said.

The tragedy is the second to occur at Flaming Gorge this weekend; on Friday, one man died and two others were injured when the ATV they were riding crashed into the reservoir.

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According to a statement from Bailey regarding that incident, deputies and Search and Rescue personnel arrived at the scene, off County Road 17, after a call at about 7:10 p.m. about an ATV accident with three adults involved.

One of the three was trapped inside the vehicle, a Polaris RZR 4-seater, when it entered the reservoir.

“Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue personnel attempted to extricate the passenger for over 30 minutes,” the statement said.

“The passenger was extricated and pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The driver and one other passenger were taken by medical helicopter to hospitals in Ogden and Salt Lake City. Condition of transported individuals is unknown at present time.”

The names of Friday’s victim has not been released yet, pending notification of family members.

Gephardt Daily will have more on these developing stories as information becomes available.


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