Accident Database

Report ID# 3182

  • Flush Drowning
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  • Other

Accident Description - Location of accident

(Boulder Garden in the Hennifer - Taggarts section of the Weber River)

posting by victim's brother, confirming name and death

"My dear fellow utah whitewater enthusiasts, I write this post to you all in the deepest sorrow of my life and my family's. Heath Park was my brother. I ask that you pray for us during this the greatest sadness and hardship of our lives. It will be much appreciated." -

HENIFER, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A 28-year-old man died Monday in a rafting accident in Henefer. The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says three brothers were TUBING together in the Weber River when one was sucked into a bad current and under the water. The man was under the water for ten minutes before his brothers pulled him out. They performed CPR for 45 minutes without a response. The man was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Utah hospital and pronounced dead.

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MORGAN COUNTY — A North Ogden man drowned Monday afternoon after his inner tube flipped on the Weber River.

Heath Park, 28, was floating between Morgan County and Summit County with his brothers when the tube he was riding overturned in a section of the river barbed with large rocks.

"He just got in a bad area up there in the river and (his brothers) couldn't tip him back over," said Morgan County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kevin Edwards. "He was tipped over for more than 10 minutes."

When his brothers finally righted the tube, they administered CPR to Park with the help of passers-by who stopped along the road. The sheriff's department received a call shortly after 4:30 p.m. and dispatched ambulances and a rescue helicopter to the scene.Park was flown by helicopter to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Man drowns in Weber River

The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 08/18/2009 07:50:33 PM MDT

A North Ogden man has died after being pulled underwater Monday afternoon in the Weber River.  Heath Park, 28, was floating with his two older brothers in inner tubes when a current pulled him underwater for 10 to 15 minutes about 3 miles west of Henefer, Morgan County sheriff's Deputy Christian Peay said. Park was flown to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At the scene, responders found a life jacket they believe Park was wearing; both of his brothers were wearing life jackets, Peay said.

Erin Alberty


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