HURRICANE, Utah, June 14, 2018 (Gepardt Daily) — Officials have identified a 71-year-old man who died Wednesday at the boat ramp of Sand Hollow State Park.
The deceased is Jimmie Hilton from Las Vegas, according to a news release from Utah State Parks officials.
Information from the Utah State Parks says that at about 5 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident involving a single male at the dock of the main boat ramp at Sand Hollow State Park.
“Utah State Park personnel responded and found an unresponsive 71-year-old-adult male from Clark County, Nevada,” a statement from the State Park Service says.
“The man involved in the apparent drowning was stepping from the dock to an awaiting boat, missing the boat and slipped into the water. Witnesses report the individual attempting to keep his head above water but was unable to.”
Witnesses were able to pull the man, later identified as Hilton, from the water, and performed CPR until medical personnel arrived and began advanced life support.
“Medical efforts to revive the individual were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” the statement says.
A Thursday news release from Utah State Parks said: “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of those involved in this tragedy. We ask that everyone remember to take appropriate safety measures when out recreating this season. Always wear your life jacket and follow safe-boating practices when around the water.”