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15-Year-Old Boy Drowns At Strawberry Reservoir

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department reported that at about 3:30 pm Saturday, dispatch got a call from a woman who said her nephew was swimming at the Reservoir, went under the water and did not resurface.

Emergency crews found the teen in about 15-20 feet of water near the day use area of Soldier Creek Campground. They estimate he had been under for about an hour. First responders tried to resuscitate him but were not successful.

The Sheriff’s office has not identified the victim.

The Sheriff’s office said the boy’s family did a number of things right. They were swimming together, were aware of each other, and immediately called for help, but the fatality still occurred.

There have been three recent deaths at Strawberry. County Sheriff Jared Rigby strongly advised people in or near reservoirs or rivers to wear a life jacket.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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