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Utah park ranger pulls drowning man, 80, from submerged truck

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An 80-year-old drowning man was pulled from his submerged truck at Utah's Quail Creek State Park. (Photo: Utah State Parks)

A park ranger rescued an 80-year-old man who was drowning at Quail Creek State Park by smashing out a submerged truck's window and pulling the fisherman out of the vehicle.

Dylan Urban was called to the lake when witnesses phoned for help after after a man from Lindon, Utah, had been doing some fishing. The fisherman loaded his boat onto the trailer behind his truck on the boating ramp but as he attempted to leave, the truck went backwards into the lake. Witnesses asked the man if he needed help and he told them to call 911, according to Devan Chavez with Utah State Parks.

Urban responded to the emergency call and arrived to see the truck heading into the water. The state parks ranger grabbed a hatchet and by the time he reached the truck it was submerged, so he broke out the rear window with the hatchet and then grabbed the man out of the truck and moved him into the boat that was then floating above the truck on the water.

Urban then performed CPR, got a pulse and kept the man medically stable until other emergency responders arrived. The fisherman was moved to land and then was taken by air to Intermountain St. George Hospital.

Chavez urged people who are launching boats to take their time and suggested always having more than one person involved.