UPDATE (3/18/19) The boy who died after falling at Snow Canyon State Park has been identified.
According to a press release issued by Eugene Swalberg, Utah State Parks spokesperson, the boy was identified as 13-year-old Elijah Baldwin of Farragut, Iowa.
“Our [sympathies] go out to his family at this very difficult time,” said the release. “Utah State Parks encourages visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy the wonderful natural environment present in our parks. We also encourage them to take necessary precautions and to be familiar with their surroundings to help ensure a safe and enjoyable outing.”
Utah State Parks wants to recognize the efforts of the Washington County SAR team for its assistance in this incident.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 13-year-old boy fell to his death during a climbing accident at Snow Canyon State Park Sunday afternoon.
According to Eugene Swalberg, Utah State Parks Spokesperson, the boy was visiting Utah from Iowa with his mom and two siblings when they decided to visit the park. The family went to an area called Pioneer Names, known for its history to the pioneers and the etched writings in the sandstone.
The boy was exploring the area around 4:15 p.m when somehow, he fell while free climbing which means he did not have a harness, ropes or a helmet.
Utah State Parks Lt. Regan Wilson who was on scene said the family said the boy was more experienced at climbing than they were and had gone a head of them. Witnesses said they heard the boy yelling for help but by the time anyone found him, he had already fallen.
Wilson estimated the boy fell approximately 75-100 feet after he had already made it to the top of cliff and it is also believed the boy fell attempting to climb back down.
The boy died at the scene due to the injuries he sustained, Swalberg said.
Swalberg said this area is known for having climbers and sometimes climbers attempt to get closer to the natural beauty and history. It is not known if that is what the boy was attempting to do.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, search and rescue personnel and State Park personnel were all there to assist with the incident.
The identity of the boy has not yet been released.
(Photos in newscast courtesy St. George News)