BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON (ABC4 Utah) – UPDATE: Unified Police Department have identified the 15-year-old girl who died in the diving accident at Lake Mary as Anya Ng, from Sandy, Utah.
BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON (ABC4 Utah News) – A group hike suddenly turned tragic when a 15 year old girl died in a diving accident at Lake Mary near Brighton Resort Friday afternoon.
Witnesses reported that the teenager hit her head while attempting to dive off a 30 foot high sloping rock around 4 p.m. and did not resurface.
Divers from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team went into the water around 7 o’clock.
Distraught family members and friends waited for hours in the Brighton parking lot and then got the devastating news.
“Unfortunately at 8 o’clock tonight we located the body of our 15 year old girl,” Detective Ken Hansen of the Salt Lake Unified Police Department said. “It looked like she had slipped off a rock while she was diving and hit the ground before she hit the lake and then went into the lake.”
A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter brought the girl’s body down from the mountain lake around 8:30 p.m.
Ty Russell was hiking in the area Friday afternoon and encountered the victim’s group on their way down from the lake.
“They said that their friend had jumped into the water and she had hit her head on a cliff as she was going down,” Russell said. “Her body went limp and she never surfaced and so some of her friends jumped in to try to help her and find the body and get her to come up and they were unsuccessful so they had to head down.”
The death of this teenager has been very difficult for everybody involved.
“It’s tough on the searchers, especially those that found her,” Det. Hansen said. “But they were very determined to try and find her tonight. We all hoped they would find her alive. Unfortunately she passed away apparently when she went under the water or when she hit the ground.”
As of 9:30 Friday evening, the Salt Lake UPD had not released the victim’s name.