Arizona boy dies after falling into Provo River in Utah


A 12-year-old boy from Arizona died on June 8 when he fell into a river in Utah.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office received a call at 1:47 p.m. Saturday that a boy had fallen into the Provo River near Bridal Veil Falls, spokesman Spencer Cannon said. The boy floated about 4 miles downstream before being recovered from the river by an Orem firefighter.

Utah County Sheriff's officials, search and rescue personnel, and fire and rescue units from seven other agencies and a rescue helicopter responded to the call to assist in the search. The boy was spotted in the river several times and an unsuccessful rescue attempt was made before he was rescued in Orem.

The boy was not breathing when he was recovered from the river and died after being taken to a nearby hospital. Cannon said the search and rescue took about an hour and five minutes after the report.

According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office, the river's flow was approximately 2,000 cubic feet per second.

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