UTAH FLOOD WATCH

Warning signs posted after kneeboarder seen on swift runoff

May 31, 2023, 6:25 AM | Updated: Oct 19, 2023, 10:20 am

A citizen snapped a photo of the kneeboarder a week prior to Jackson-Koeven's sighting....

A citizen snapped a photo of the kneeboarder a week prior to Jackson-Koeven's sighting.

MURRAY CITY, Utah – Murray City has posted extra signs and the fire department is warning the community after citizens said they’ve seen a man take advantage of high water in Murray Park in a potentially dangerous way.

On Sunday afternoon, Maranda Jackson-Koeven was leaving the park with her kids when she caught something out of the corner of her eye in Little Cottonwood Creek. She quickly realized it was a young man by himself kneeboarding in the water.

“He was down in the river. He had his ropes up on the fence wakeboarding with his knees down in the river and, seemed to be having a good time,” Jackson-Koeven said.

The kneeboarder also seemed to be alone, she said, which worried her, especially with the high spring runoff.

“My concern was just being out here by himself, should something unfortunate happen that nobody would see or know what was going on or where he was at,” she said.

Another Murray citizen told KSL TV she also saw a man kneeboarding in the same spot a week prior to Jackson-Koeven’s sighting and was also concerned. She took pictures as she went by.

Nick Haskin, Murray City Fire Battalion Chief and Emergency Manager said both creeks that run through Murray Park are approaching flood stage.

“It’s extremely cold, extremely fast. There’s a lot of debris that can catch people up,” Haskin said. Even if someone’s experienced, he explained it’s not a good idea to get in the water.

As the water rises, he said, it comes up into the branches and other vegetation and can cause debris blockages. If someone was caught, they could get swept under the undertow and drown.

“We would hope people would stay out of the water as to not show an example to others, per se, that, ‘Hey, it’s okay to get in the water.’” he said. “It’s not okay. It’s dangerous.”

Murray City Fire will respond if someone needs rescuing, and Haskin said that is a huge activation that takes a lot of resources.

After hearing about the kneeboarder, Haskin explained that the city put some extra signs out in the spot where the man was seen, to keep people away.

Jackson-Koeven said she called dispatch Sunday just in case something happened to the kneeboarder. She hopes others who visit Murray Park take the “stay back” signs seriously.

“It’s summer and school letting out, there’s going to be a lot more kids and families out enjoying the park,” she said, adding, “Be mindful, and stay safe.”

Related:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Utah Flood Watch

The Colorado River is pictured near Moab in Grand County on Friday, April, 26, 2024. (Kristin Murph...

Kyle Remund

Flood watch in effect for portions of eastern Utah

A flood watch covering parts of eastern Utah and western Colorado is in effect from Sunday, June 30th to Monday, July 1st.

22 days ago

Ray and Maranda Ankofski, a Texas couple, reportedly went missing in Grand County, according to off...

Michael Houck, KSL TV

Search for Texas couple has turned into a ‘recovery effort,’ sheriff office says

The search for a couple from Texas who went missing east of Moab has turned into a recovery effort due to evidence found during the search.

23 days ago

Flash floods could appear in Southern Utah on Sunday and Monday. The Virgin River flows through thr...

Kennedy Camarena and Mark Jackson

Southern Utah: Potential for flash floods on Sunday and Monday, some flooding in Capitol Reef reported

The National Weather Service is predicting a potential of flash floods for Southern Utah on Sunday and Monday.

28 days ago

Highway 128 is covered in mud after a severe storm and flooding in the area....

Kyle Remund

Cleanup begins after severe storm in eastern Utah

After a severe storm passed through Grand County, Utah, on Friday, officials are beginning cleanup and mitigation.

29 days ago

The storm surge from Tropical Storm Alberto floods the streets in Surfside Beach, Texas, on Wednesd...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Flood watch issued for parts of Utah as tropical storm remnants arrive

Parts of Utah will be on a flood watch on June 21 as a tropical storm moves through the state. Flash flooding is also possible on Saturday.

1 month ago

lake powell shown, invasive fish causing issues...

Adam Small

Lake Powell missing 40,000 acre feet of water after accidental release, officials say

Lake Powell is the nation's second-largest reservoir, and it's currently missing up to 40,000-acre feet of water due to a water release.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Warning signs posted after kneeboarder seen on swift runoff