DUCHESNE, Utah, April 18, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Spanish Fork man drowned while fishing with a friend at Fred Hayes State Park at Starvation on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The man was shore fishing at the reservoir just northwest of the town of Duchesne with a friend, according to a news release from the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.
Both men were in their mid to late 70s, the news release said.
“At approximately 3:40 p.m., while the two were walking along the shore near the northwest side of the Freedom Bridge, the victim slipped and fell,” the news release said. “He then rolled several feet down the bank and into the water.”
The fishing companion was unable to assist the victim and called 911 for help. Members of the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, along with a Utah State Parks ranger.
First responders recovered the man; he was pronounced dead at the scene, the news release said.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family.
“The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation extends our condolences to the friends and family impacted by this incident,” the news release went on.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.