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Man dies after truck, trailered boat are submerged at Quail Creek State Park

By Ashley Fredde, | Posted - Jan. 15, 2021 at 9:52 p.m.

HURRICANE — An 80-year-old man died on Tuesday after his truck and trailered boat became submerged while backing down a boat ramp at Quail Creek State Park.

According to a news release from the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, State Park Ranger Dylan Urban was dispatched to the boat ramp at Quail Creek at about 4 p.m. Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing a man stuck in the truck as it went under water.

Urban broke through the submerged truck window and was able to retrieve the man, the release says, then performed CPR until medical assistance arrived.

The man, identified as Doug M. Schaerrer, of Lindon, was transported to Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital; he died the following day, according to officials.

Urban was also treated for minor injuries sustained during the rescue but was released and is expected to make a full recovery, the release says.

The incident is currently under investigation, according to Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.


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