DEER CREEK STATE PARK, Utah, July 4, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – Utah state park officials released the name of a man who died in a drowning at Deer Creek State Park on Saturday.
The victim was Randall Fern, 69, of Salt Lake City.
“On July 3, just after noon, Utah State Park Rangers and Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office responded to the boat launch after receiving reports of of possible drowning, ”said a statement from Utah state park officials.
“The man, Randall Fern, 69, was canoeing with four other family members when their boats were submerged. Unable to straighten their canoes, the group decided to swim to shore.
“About 15 feet from shore, Fern started to struggle to stay above the water and was in distress. He was not wearing a life jacket.
A passing boater was able to get Fern into the boat and bring him to the boat launch, “where first responders were waiting and working to revive him,” the statement said.
“Despite their best efforts, Fern was pronounced dead at the scene. The rest of the group’s family are unharmed, ”the State Parks statement said.
The incident is under investigation.
Utah State Parks expresses condolences to Fern’s friends and family.
We would also like to remind those who venture into the great outdoors to always stay on their toes and to make safety a top priority. Always remember to wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. Recreate according to your abilities and set a good example for other recreationists and the children around you.
For more information on lifejackets, safety, and Utah boating rules and regulations, visit stateparks.utah.gov.