Duck hunter in ICU following near-drowning incident at Quail Creek State Park

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Courtesy Quail Creek State Park

HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4) – A Utah duck hunter is fighting for his life after being pulled from freezing cold water at Quail Creek State Park.

Park ranger, Candance Smith says on Saturday, December 25, the victim was duck hunting with his brother when he went to retrieve a duck he had shot. Smith says he likely underestimated the distance of the duck in the waterway and struggled to get back. He became immobile and unconscious in the freezing cold water.

He was hunting with his brother, who was able to swim to him and retrieve him before starting life-saving measures. Smith says bystanders began to assist with the life-saving measures, as well. The incident was called into dispatch and the victim was Life-Flighted to a local hospital.

The victim is currently being treated at the Intermountain Healthcare St. George Regional Hospital.

ABC4 will update this story as information becomes available.

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