Youth Dies in Drowning Accident at Quail Lake

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HURRICANE –A 17-year-old St. George teen was found dead today after going missing at Quail Lake during a youth group outing yesterday.

The body of Tory Jones of St. George was located this morning about 250 feet from shore.

Laura Melling, Sand Hollow Complex Park Manager, which encompasses management of Sand Hollow, Gunlock and Quail Creek State Parks, said that Jones was last seen on shore.

“He swam from the boat to the east shore where another group was on shore. They had seen him make it to the shore, at some point he went back out.”

Officials with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department said officers were called in to assist with search and rescue around dusk, and the body was located this morning.

“Last night we looked to see if he was on the shore, we were seeing if he decided to walk out, went for a hike, was hurt, we were looking along the shore – it’s an elimination process – but his last sighting was on land,” said Melling.

She said the investigation is being handled by Utah State Parks, but that no foul play is suspected.

Melling said that the water temperature was 78 degrees, not cold enough to be a problem.  “It always comes back to how tired he was, sometimes you just get tired and you get too far out …” she said.

Although an autopsy has been scheduled, cause of death is expected to be drowning, said Melling, since his body was found in the water.

There have been no other fatalities this year in the parks within Melling’s management.

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Copyright St. George News 2011



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  • Julia August 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Sorry to hear this news. Condolences to his family.

  • john doe August 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I think it sounds there was some kind of adult neglect on the park and whoever was with that group at that time I don’t understand how a child can just drown even though he made it to shore im pretty sure he was able to know how far he could swim if he did make it back to shore

  • Beth August 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t think it’s neglect at all. He is 17, Accidents happen. And it’s always sad… my heart goes out to his family…..

  • john doe August 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

    That’s the most niece thing I heard what if it is yur son where’s the life jackets did u forget that’s a law

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