HURRICANE — A 24-year-old Provo man was found dead Tuesday at Quail Creek State Park after an apparent drowning, officials said. He was engaged to be married next month.
About 7:30 p.m., Zach Mansfield went shore fishing with a friend. However, Mansfield was later fishing on his own when authorities say it appears he drowned in about 2-4 feet of water.
"The friend became worried after a few hours of not being able to contact Zackary and called authorities who responded to the park," according to a statement from Utah State Parks authorities.
Hurricane police and state park crews found Mansfield in the shallow water near the shoreline about 11:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.2 comments on this story
Washington County Search and Rescue crews helped with the investigation, state parks officials said.
In a statement to the Deseret News, Mansfield's fiancée, Holly Andrew, said, "He died doing what he loved. Zach was pure in heart. He will be dearly missed. We were to be married a month from today."
"If he could fish for a living he would and I'm sure he's fishing up in heaven," she added.
"The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation extends our condolences to the friends and family impacted by this incident," according to the statement from state parks officials.