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Holladay man dies after diving into pool at Millard County hot springs

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Posted - Nov. 27, 2019 at 11:01 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A man died early Sunday morning after diving into a pool at Meadow Hot Springs in Millard County, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Joseph Avery Buttrill-MacGregor, 33, of Holladay, died shortly after 4 a.m., according to Millard County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Clark.

Buttrill-MacGregor dove into one of the pools at Meadow Hot Springs, about 8 miles southwest of Meadow, according to Clark. He went under a ledge and was not seen for 2 or 3 minutes, according to witnesses who got worried and called 911, Clark added.

Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics arrived at the hot springs but could not see Buttrill-MacGregor, so a scuba diver was called out to the scene, Clark said. The diver brought Buttrill-MacGregor’s body back up to the surface, where he was pronounced dead.

“It looked like they were just having a fun evening, enjoying themselves that night, and he went for a dive and did not come back,” Clark said.

Buttrill-MacGregor’s body has been sent to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s office to determine the cause of his death.

People who visit the hot springs typically sit in the pools as if they were in a hot tub, Clark said. Occasionally, people dive in to see how deep the pools are, but they are quite deep and very dark under the surface, he added.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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