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W.V. BOY DROWNS; TEEN KILLED IN CANYON ROLLOVER

A boy drowned after falling off a floating tube at Palisade Reservoir, and a teenager was killed in a dune buggy accident as the long Memorial Day weekend began to exact a grim toll.

Killed were:Colby Rasmussen, 10, West Valley City.

Chris Griffeths, 18, Kearns.

The Rasmussen boy fell off the device after 6:30 p.m. and was in the water for about three hours before search and rescue crews from Sanpete County and the state park found the body, said Sanpete County sheriff's deputy John Cox.

He was pronounced dead at Gunnison Valley Hospital just after midnight, a county dispatcher said.

The boy's stepfather, Paul Leveder, attempted to rescue the boy, but the child's fingers slipped through the man's hands, one witness said.

"(Leveder) saw him go out and tried to get him, but he couldn't hold on as he reached for the boy," said Nathan Thompson, a ranger's aide at Palisade who helped in the rescue effort.

The stepfather had to be rescued from the water himself after he swam out to the boy.

Thompson said he saw the boy earlier playing near the beach area of the state park's reservoir "most of the afternoon and evening."

As many as 20 search and rescue and other emergency personnel helped with the failed rescue attempt. Deep-water scanners and canoes were used, but Thompson said the water was too murky to locate the child.

Divers were called in to search the frigid waters, and the body was found just before 10 p.m.

- Griffeths was driving a dune buggy in Sunshine Canyon west of Fairfield in west Utah County when it overturned about 1:30 p.m., said Lt. Ron Fernstedt of the Utah County Sheriff's Office.

A passenger in the dune buggy, Jeffrey Bennett, 16, Kearns, was treated at American Fork Hospital and released.