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Boy dies in South Fork accident

A 9-year-old Utah boy apparently died in the South Fork of the Shoshone River on Monday after being thrown into the water by a horse.

Tyler Hatch of Eagle Mountain, Utah, was attempting to cross an upper portion of the South Fork river near Fall Creek when he was thrown from his horse and swept downstream, said Park County Sheriff Scott Steward in a Thursday news release.

Tyler’s father, Kevin Hatch of Eagle Mountain, got into the river and tried to rescue his son, but could not because of the high, swift water, Steward said.

The incident occurred just before noon, Steward said.

The sheriff’s office received the report of the missing boy at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Steward said. Approximately 45 minutes later, a helicopter provided by the Colliers of Valley Ranch was put in the air while Park County Search and Rescue members on foot searched downstream.

Strong winds limited the helicopter’s teams ability to search the steep canyon area where Hatch had last been seen until about 4 p.m. At that time, the crew located Hatch’s body in the canyon. However, the steep 400-foot cliffs and dangerous water conditions in the canyon prevented the crew from reaching Hatch.

Kayakers reached the area at 8 p.m., but the body had been washed downstream, Steward said.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, different teams continued the search including ground searchers, kayakers, the helicopter crew and dog teams.

Hatch’s grandfather is Don Hatch of Lovell, Steward said.


  • posted by Dawn

    July 06, 2012 9:43 pm

    My heart goes out to Kevin and his family in this time of loss. May Tyler's uncle Clinton welcome him with open arms and watch over him until they can all be together.

  • posted by Angie Marston

    July 06, 2012 9:24 pm

    I knew Tyler and he was such a joy to be around. Sending lots of love to the family.

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