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12-year-old from Arizona drowns in river in Utah

PHOENIX (AZFamily) — An Arizona child tragically died this weekend when he drowned in a Utah river.

According to the Daily Herald, the 12-year-old boy fell into the fast-flowing water near Bridal Veil Falls, north of Provo, Utah. Search and rescue workers were attempting to recover the boy from the Provo River.

Sergeant Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Office told the Daily Herald that the child was seen several times along the river as rescue workers attempted to rescue him.

A firefighter trained in whitewater rescue jumped into the raging river and was eventually able to pull the boy from the water with the help of a search and rescue team member who threw out a rope. The boy was in the water for more than 30 minutes and traveled about four miles before he was pulled from the river, the Daily Herald reported.

He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later, Cannon told the Daily Herald. A cause of death was not given, but it is believed he died of hypothermia from the very cold snow water in the spring.

Cannon said the boy is from Arizona and was visiting with his family in Utah. Arizona's family has inquired about what part of Arizona the boy is from.

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