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9-year-old boy in critical condition after truck rolls into water at Smith and Morehouse Reservoir

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Smith and Morehouse Reservoir in the Uinta Mountains in October 2021.

The boy was underwater for more than 10 minutes.

A nine-year-old boy is in critical condition after a truck carrying him and his two siblings fell into the water at Smith and Morehouse Reservoir in the Uinta Mountains on Monday evening.

The incident occurred when the boy's family was loading kayaks into the truck at the boat launch ramp, according to Captain Andrew Wright with the Summit County Sheriff's Office. The truck, an old Dodge pickup, was likely in neutral Wright said.

One of the siblings, another nine-year-old boy, was able to swim to safety. The other sibling, a two-year-old girl, was rescued by a family member. The boy in critical condition was under water for between 10 and 15 minutes.

A nearby kayaker, who was a former state park ranger, saved the boy underwater after hearing calls for help. It took him five tries, as the truck was roughly 15-20 feet underwater. Two other bystanders were able to conduct CPR after he was pulled out of the water.

The boy was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City where he remains in critical condition as of Tuesday. Wright said that he is currently in the intensive care unit on life support.

Parker Malatesta covers Park City for KPCW. Before coming to NPR, he spent one year as a general assignment reporter for TownLift in Park City. He previously was the news editor at The News Record, the student paper at the University of Cincinnati. He loves running, reading, and urban planning.