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Name Released of Man Who Died Following Incident at Quail Creek State Park

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is releasing the name of the man who died following an incident at Quail Creek State Park.

On Wednesday, January 13, Doug M. Schaerrer, an 80-year-old Lindon man, died at Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital. Schaerrer was initially transported to the hospital Tuesday after a park ranger pulled him from his sinking truck.

Just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, State Park Ranger Dylan Urban was dispatched to the boat ramp at Quail Creek State Park. Witnesses indicated that a man was stuck inside a truck pulling a trailered boat. The vehicle was backing down the boat ramp and becoming submerged in the water.

Ranger Urban was able to break through the window of the truck and retrieve Schaerrer. Urban then performed CPR until additional emergency medical units responded to assist. Schaerrer was then transported to the hospital, where he later passed away.

Photo of Doug M. Schaerrer

Following the incident, Ranger Urban was taken to the hospital for evaluation of cuts and injuries sustained in the rescue. He was released after a few hours and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation extends our condolences to the friends and family impacted by this tragedy. Schaerrer’s family has requested that their privacy be honored at this time.

The incident remains under investigation at the time of this release.

Photo of Doug M. Schaerrer

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