HENEFER, Summit County — A 69-year-old man died on Thursday after his raft overturned on the Weber River and he became wedged between two rocks, Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright confirmed.
There were two rafts carrying the man’s son and two grandchildren, Wright said. One raft overturned at about 1 p.m. and everyone except for the grandfather was able to exit the water safely.
Summit County search and rescue teams responded to the incident, and several sheriff’s deputies jumped in the water to free the man.
The man, who was underwater for a while, was rescued and transported via medical helicopter to a hospital in critical condition.
The man later died of his injuries. He was identified by a family member as Steve C. DeVroom, of Sandy.
Because of rapidly moving water with cold temperatures, Wright advised people to consider waiting to raft until the end of the water runoff season.
Contributing: Emerson Oligschlaeger and Eric Morgan, KSL TV