Man visiting Utah on vacation dies while kayaking on the swift water of Provo River

A man visiting Utah on vacation died while kayaking on the swift water of the Provo River on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Photo: Jeremy Harris)

(KUTV) — Sheriff’s deputies say the man who died in the water of the Provo River Tuesday afternoon was visiting Utah with his family on vacation.

The family was kayaking on the river adjacent to U.S. 189 near the Wasatch/Utah County line around 3:15 p.m. when the 50-year-old man got caught in a current under a railroad crossing on the river.

“The strength of the water kept him under one of the trusses of the bridge," Wasatch County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jared Rigby said.

Rescue teams from North Fork Fire and Wasatch County were called in and spent approximately an hour in the water before they were able to free the man’s body.

Sheriff’s officials did not identify the man pending notification of his family in other states. He and his family are from Florida.

The victim was wearing a life jacket at the time he died, according to Rigby.

“These folks did as much as they could that was correct," Rigby said. "Here to have fun and he got caught in the current."

Sheriff's officials say the family was on the river with other people who were familiar with the water.

People who frequent that area of the river said it is known as a dangerous spot for kayakers and tubers.

“I hate to hear that anyone would ever drown here because it’s my home water," fly fishing guide Sloan Kittering told 2News.

Kittering said he and other guides have pulled several people from the water in the same area.

“Three or four years ago somebody did the same thing, I was guiding right there and had to jump in and save a kid," Kittering said.


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