A Weber County hunter is lucky to be alive, after he fell into freezing waters near the Petersboro marina Saturday afternoon. The 22-year-old man was reportedly duck hunting with another man, when he fell out of their boat.
Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said deputies received a 911 call after the man fell into the water around 4:00 p.m. It is believed he may have suffered a medical emergency just before the accident.
The victim was wearing chest waders which filled up with water. The hunting companion was unable to pull the victim back into the boat and could only hold his head out of the water.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene, another boat owner was able to transport the deputy and medical personnel to the victim, who was approximately one-mile from the dock. The man was pulled back in the boat and taken to a waiting ambulance. He was conscious and alert. Paramedics transported him to Logan Region Hospital for evaluation.
Saturday’s accident emphasizes the importance of not hunting alone and having the proper equipment, especially in or around the water in the cold temperatures. Jensen said, “The victim in this case was fortunate his hunting companion was quick to respond and knew what to do to save his life.”
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