An 11 year old Orem boy is in critical condition after falling 200 feet near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. Flown to Primary Childrens Medical Center.
***** UPDATE-JULY 29, 2013 ***** The 11 year old Orem boy injured in a fall at Bridal Veil Falls on July 28 is in improving condition. He was kept overnight in the trauma unit at Primary Children's Medical Center and will be released today according to his mother. His name is Cesar Varvagan. His mother expresses her thanks to the media for covering this story and the interest of the public but neither she nor her son wish to speak to the media.
On July 28, 2013, at about 3:48 P.M. dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call reporting that an 11 year old Orem boy had fallen near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. The boy was hiking along the trail to Bridal Veil Falls when he is reported to have stumbled. He apparently took a couple of jumping steps before falling and tumbling approximately 200 feet down a steep rocky slope. He came to rest about 250 feet above the Provo Parkway Trail that is adjacent to the Provo River at the base of Bridal Veil Falls.
Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded along with the Utah County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team. Medical personnel with North Fork Fire and Ambulance at Sundance and Provo Fire and Rescue also responded. The boy sustained serious head injuries, possibly a broken collar bone, and back and hip injuries. The boy was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived but told them he did not remember what happened.
Because of the steep terrain where the boy came to rest SAR members who treated him had to set up a technical rescue system. Once he was packaged and stabilized rescuers lowered the boy to the trail next to the river. From there he was taken to a waiting Life Flight helicopter. Rescuers and medical personnel reported that the boy was in critical condition and that his condition was deteriorating. He was then flown to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912