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Man drowns during July 4 outing at Sand Hollow Resevoir

By Kimball Bennion

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Jul 05 2013 05:36PM
Updated Jul 5, 2013 10:18PM

A man who was swimming in the Sand Hollow Reservoir during a Fourth of July outing in southwest Utah died shortly after boaters pulled his unconscious body from the water.

The 27-year-old was at Sand Hollow State Park near Hurricane on Thursday afternoon and had swum from the shore of the reservoir to some rocks in the water, according to Sand Hollow Complex Park Manager Laura Melling.

But as he started to swim back to shore, he began having difficulty, Melling said.

A group of boaters nearby saw the man struggling, but when they reached him, he was unconscious. The boaters pulled him into their boat and began trying to revive him using CPR.

Attempts to save him continued as emergency responders took him via ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, but he was pronounced dead soon after arrival, Melling said.

Park officials did not release the man’s name Friday or say where he was from.

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