Man drowns trying to swim across pond

This file photo from Google Earth shows the private pond near Quail Creek Ranch where a man drowned Wednesday. Hurricane, Utah, undated. | Photo courtesy of Google Earth, St. George News

HURRICANE — Searchers were called out this afternoon to an area near Quail Creek Ranch in Hurricane to a report of a man who disappeared while swimming across a private pond.

The 20-year-old man was swimming with a family member when he decided to swim across the pond, according to a press release issued by the Hurricane City Police Department.

Authorities gather near the Quail Creek Ranch in Hurricane Wednesday as a man drowned in a private pond. Hurricane, Utah, July 13, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Authorities gather near the Quail Creek Ranch in Hurricane Wednesday as a man drowned in a private pond. Hurricane, Utah, July 13, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The man apparently “couldn’t swim the distance,” the release states. The family member attempted to assist the man but was unsuccessful and called for help.

Hurricane City Police officers were called in, as were Utah State Park rangers who brought a boat to help in the rescue effort, which shortly became a recovery operation.

Washington County Search and Rescue divers assisted and located the man’s body submerged in approximately 9 feet of water.

Tiffany Mower, Hurricane City Police assistant public information officer, said she was unable to confirm the man’s hometown or identification until notification had been made to his family.

The Hurricane Valley Fire District also assisted in the search.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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7 Comments

  • Bob July 13, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    i’m gonna take a wild guess and say drugs or alcohol were involved. that pond looks pretty small

    • Joseph July 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Nope drugs weren’t involved. He was a good person and great brother to me.

      • Bob July 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm

        a terrible loss. i’m just critical of such a vague, seemingly incomplete article.

      • Bob July 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        i can picture some young guys maybe getting a bit tipsy on a case of beer and this happening… so …

    • .... July 15, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Way to go Bob pfffffffffft you’re pathetic !

  • .... July 14, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Yeah there goes blow hard know it all Sherlock dumbob again

  • Bob July 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    i see on this map ‘grandpas pond’. i see what looks like a very tiny pond not much bigger than the house off to the left of it marked as the drowning scene. So was the cause of this drowning simply an inability to swim???…

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