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Heber man found dead last night near Kamas

Sarah MoffittThe Park Record

The body of Ricky Widdison, 54, of Heber, was found Monday night at Big Elk Lake near Kamas in the Uinta Mountains.

Widdison was found by a Boy Scout troop at 5:30 p.m., according to Sergeant Ron Bridge with the Summit County Sheriff’s office. Bridge said Widdison had cuts consistent with a short fall and was found by the side of Big Elk Lake shortly after the time of death. His family told deputies they knew he had gone fishing for the day

According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s office, he was found alone and there is no evidence to suspect foul play. The cause of death is still undetermined.

Summit County deputies, Summit County Search and Rescue, and U.S. Forest Service officers were flown into the remote location by helicopter and flew the body to Kamas.

Salt Lake man undergoes surgery following boating accident in Echo Reservoir

Over the weekend, Phil Redd, 33, of Salt Lake County, sustained boat propeller injuries to his head and shoulder in Echo Reservoir and was in serious condition at the University of Utah Hospital Tuesday morning.

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According to Utah State Park Ranger Eric Stucki, Redd and a friend were in the back of a boat after a long day of wakeboarding on Sunday when they fell into the water.

"We aren’t sure how, but Redd got sucked into the boat propeller and received cuts to his head and shoulder," said Stucki.

Redd was life-flighted to University of Utah Hospital where he went into surgery on Monday afternoon.

The driver of the boat, a 39 year-old male, was arrested for boating under the influence. It is undetermined if Redd had also been drinking at the time of the accident.

According to Stucki, the number of drownings and outdoor-related accidents this summer is consistent with the average of the past few years.

"The only thing different about this year is all the accidents are a lot closer together because the weather and water were so cold through the spring," added Stucki.