UPDATE 10/7/2020 5 p.m.
HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4 News) – An 11-year-old Arizona boy is dead after a Waverunner incident at Sand Hollow State Park on Monday.
The Division of Natural Resources says that Ethan David Law of Chandler, Arizona was pronounced dead on Tuesday due to injuries sustained in the accident. Law’s injured father and the second juvenile sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.
The DNR extends their condolences to the family and friends impacted by Law’s death.
The DNR also reminds boaters that Utah Law requires vessels to remain a minimum of 150 feet away from one another when operating above a wakeless speed.
HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4 News) — Authorities are investigating an accident involving two WaveRunners at Sand Hollow State Park that left an 11-year-old boy fighting for his life and sent his father and younger brother to the hospital.
Utah State Park Rangers received a 911 call at approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday with screaming in the background and a report of a possible drowning approximately a half-mile east of the rental shop on the south beach, according to park manager Jonathan Hunt.
Hunt tells ABC4 News all individuals involved in the accident knew each other and were spending the day out on the lake while vacationing from Arizona when two WaveRunners, both with adult male drivers and younger kids on board, crashed into each other.
“Luckily we had some people on shore that heard screaming for help,” Hunt said. “They were able to launch their boat and get out to them quickly, giving them initial first aid.”
“It’s kind of your case of a rear-ending but on a boat, where one vehicle slows down and the other does not,” Hunt added. “They ended up colliding.”
The accident injured a father and his two sons, who are 11 and 8 years old. All were wearing life jackets.
Witnesses found the father unconscious in the water and quickly pulled the group inside their boat, performing CPR on the most critically-injured, the 11-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening head and back injuries.
Park rangers arrived within minutes and rendered additional aid. Hurricane Medical took all three to the hospital. As of Tuesday afternoon, the father and 11-year-old son remain in the hospital. The 8-year-old boy was treated and released.
The cause of this accident is currently under investigation. It’s unclear at this point how many individuals were on the other WaveRunner and how quickly it was driving.
Although the state park has seen record-breaking visitation this summer, rangers said there were only 5 to 6 boast on the lake at the time of the accident. Staff ask that any water-crafts stay at least 150 feet apart.
This is a developing story.