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Police: Man charged after friend drowns while boating at Flaming Gorge

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UPDATE: Corey Eggleston, of Vernal, was charged on Monday in Eighth District Court in Daggett County with one third-degree felony automobile homicide and one misdemeanor DUI. 

His next court date is scheduled for May 28. 

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FLAMING GORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 25-year-old man has been arrested for DUI and vehicular homicide after police said he was driving a boat when all three of the occupants fell overboard and one of the men drowned.

Officers with Uintah County Sheriff’s Office were called to a possible drowning at the Gorge Saturday at about 1:3 p.m. 

When they arrived on scene, a boat was pulling up to the ramp with the body of a man who had drowned. 

According to a probable cause statement, the driver of the boat, Cory Eggleston, 25, had already been dropped off at another location and was being treated by medical staff. 

During an interview with deputies, Eggleston said he was driving the boat and when he made a left turn, it caused the boat to take in excess water, and all three of the occupants fell into the water. Eggleston also admitted to deputies he had been drinking when they smelled alcohol on his breath and asked if he was impaired, according to documents. 

None of the occupants were wearing life vests. 

Another boat arrived carrying the third occupant who was treated by medical personnel and released. That man told deputies Eggleston was the driver of the boat when the incident happened, documents state. 

Eggleston was booked into the Uintah County Jail on DUI and automobile homicide. 

The identity of the man who drowned has not yet been released. 

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