Body of 4-Year-Old Girl Swept Away by Raging Utah River Found After Mother and Good Samaritan Drowned in Attempted Rescue
The body of 4-year-old London DeDios was found after 24 hours of searching
The body of the 4-year-old girl who fell into the Provo River in Utah was found by search and rescue crews Tuesday about a mile from where she fell in Sunday afternoon.
Officials located toddler London DeDios below the water level and stuck under logs just above Nunns Park, about a mile downstream from Bridal Veil Falls, where she fell into the river, officials said Tuesday.
Her body was found stuck in a “log jam there, below the water line,” said Utah County Sheriff’s Lt. Erik Knutzen, adding that the locating London was “very emotional for everyone,” reports The Salt Lake Tribune.
Her mother, 34-year-old Brenda DeDios, and an onlooker, 30-year-old Sean Thayne, jumped into the rushing water to save her, along with four other Good Samaritans.
However, both DeDios and Thayne — who did not know either the mother or daughter when he jumped into action — drowned in the attempted rescue near Bridal Veil Falls.
DeDios and Thayne were pulled from the raging water (also extremely cold due to snowmelt coming off the mountains) and taken to Utah Valley Hospital in critical condition.
Police report that both died a short time later.
KUTV reports DeDios and her mother were sitting on rocks near the water under a small pedestrian bridge when the child fell in.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said it “scares the daylights” out of him to think of someone struggling in the chilly water.
“Parents need to be so, so vigilant in situations like this,” he said. “Hang on to your kids for dear life.”
The water temperature of the river was 45 degrees on Sunday, reports KSL.
A fundraising account has been set for London and Brenda DeDios to help with funeral costs.