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Romantic day turns rocky: Boyfriend helps rescue Logan woman injured in rockslide

Jenna Degraffenried talks about how she was severely injured in a rockslide while fly-fishing on the Weber River last month with her boyfriend during an interview in Logan on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
Jenna Degraffenried talks about how she was severely injured in a rockslide while fly-fishing on the Weber River last month with her boyfriend during an interview in Logan on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
Mike Anderson, Deseret News

LOGAN — Sometimes relationships can be a little rocky, but true love can offer a steady hand to get over the rough patches.

That’s what one Logan woman found out when she was severely injured in a rockslide while fly-fishing with the love of her life on Aug. 25.

“We were just out there on the Weber (River). It’s one of our favorite spots,” Jenna Degraffenried said of her and her boyfriend, Charley Mumford. “We were actually almost done for the day.”

That’s when the couple decided to move to another spot.

“It’s pretty rocky, but we’ve climbed it before,” Degraffenried said.

The couple was on one of the rocky embankments above the river when Degraffenried said the ground gave way and she went tumbling down.

Jenna Degraffenried and her now-fiance Charley Mumford. Degraffenried was severely injured in a rockslide while fly-fishing with Mumford on the Weber River on Aug. 25.
Jenna Degraffenried and her now-fiance Charley Mumford. Degraffenried was severely injured in a rockslide while fly-fishing with Mumford on the Weber River on Aug. 25.
Jenna Degraffenried

“The rocks slipped out from underneath me, and I couldn’t catch myself,” she said.

Several rocks came not far behind.

“I don’t know if it was a boulder that hit me, or something on the way down, just because it’s so rocky, but at some point I actually felt … I felt my pelvis bone break,” she said.

Degraffenried couldn’t stand up or swim. Mumford came running down after her.

“He grabbed me, and I was crying, and he, you know, hugged me, and we’re both just freaking out, and he actually told me that he thought I was dead.”

Several fire departments responded, and Degraffenried had to be hoisted out.

“I had no idea how bad it was, but I knew that I was in the worst pain of my life.”

Doctors say it will likely be months before she can walk again. She was supposed to join Mumford in Alaska, where he now lives and works.

“The timing was horrible,” she said, noting she had quit her job and moved out of her apartment in preparation for the move before the accident happened. She’s now recovering with her family, who has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills.

But there is a happy ending.

“I don’t know if it was that day, but there was definitely a proposal planned,” Degraffenried said.

He ended up asking her to marry him while she was in a hospital bed.

Of course, she said yes.