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Nevada Man Dies in Incident at Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow State Park boat launch ramp, dive park, and island.

HURRICANE, Utah — An 18-year-old man has died after a swimming incident at Sand Hollow State Park. 

Just after 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Christian Jeffrey Fisher from Las Vegas, Nevada, was swimming with friends in the dive park area at Sand Hollow State Park. While swimming, Fisher’s friends saw him struggle to keep his head above water. He then went under and did not resurface. 

After getting to shore, Fisher’s friends immediately called for help. Utah State Parks law enforcement rangers responded to the area, along with Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and Hurricane City Police Department. At about 4:20 p.m., teams recovered Fisher’s body in the water in the nearby area, where he was pronounced dead. 

He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. 

The Utah Division of State Parks extends our condolences to Fisher’s family and friends. This incident remains under investigation at this time.

We would also like to thank all the additional responding agencies that assisted, including the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and the Washington County Dive Team. 

With the recreation season now underway, outdoor recreators should work diligently to prioritize safety. Always recreate with a buddy, wear your life jackets and helmets, and let somebody know where you are going and when to expect your return. Checking weather conditions and water temperatures is also vital. Pack appropriate gear for your activity and stay hydrated while outdoors. 

To learn more about Utah’s state parks, safety tips, and laws and rules, visit stateparks.utah.gov.

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