Tragic Boating Accident Claims Life of 3-Year-Old Boy at Utah State Park

A tragic incident unfolded at Echo State Park in Utah on Sunday when a 3-year-old boy lost his life in a boating accident. The young boy, identified as Walter Greer from Salt Lake City, was on a boat with his family at Echo Reservoir when he fell into the water and was subsequently hit by the boat’s propeller.

Walter was described as a “happy, rambunctious three-year-old with a big personality” and was looking forward to starting preschool this month. On the day of the accident, he was enjoying a day on the lake with his parents, two sisters, and close friends.

State park officials reported that the accident occurred just before 4:45 p.m. local time. Park law enforcement rangers were promptly on the scene to recover Greer from the water. Despite wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident, the young boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Utah State Parks Division expressed its condolences to the grieving family and all those affected by this tragic event. The incident is currently under investigation, but officials believe it to be a tragic accident with no suspicion of foul play, drugs, or alcohol use.

Utah State Parks spokesperson, Devan Chavez, expressed the sorrow felt by the park staff and first responders. He emphasized that such a tragic incident is the last thing anyone wants to witness when visiting a state park or reservoir.

The family of Walter Greer released a heartfelt statement, describing their beloved Walter as a joy who loved Spiderman, trains, trucks, and his red boots. They expressed their devastation at saying goodbye to him so unexpectedly and pledged to keep his memory alive until they meet again.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family with funeral, medical, counseling, and related expenses. As of Tuesday evening, the page has raised over $26,000. The organizer of the fundraiser expressed gratitude for any help, messages, or prayers, stating that the family and friends are devastated by the loss.