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Man Drowns in Big Cottonwood Creek

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Jed Boal ReportingSearch and rescue teams pulled the body of a drowning victim from Big Cottonwood creek Thursday night.

Man Drowns in Big Cottonwood Creek

The man and a friend were apparently trying to cross the river without helmets, ropes or wet suits, just to see if they could cross it.

One man fell in. His friend tried to pull him out, but was unsuccessful. It was shortly before 5:00 that the sheriff's office received a call that a witness had seen somebody go into Big Cottonwood Creek.

Crews found the body of the 30-year-old victim just after 9:00 near the Mill B Trailhead, five miles up the canyon.

The victim was found under a small waterfall. Crews had to set up a containment area in the river so that they could move the body out from the spot without it washing away.

Man Drowns in Big Cottonwood Creek

The creek is raging right now, bank-full and moving swiftly. Police remind everyone that the river is unsafe with high waters, and recommend keeping your distance from the water.

Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly why the men were in the water.

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