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Family 'devastated' over loss of 3-year-old in boating accident

Posted at 12:36 PM, Aug 14, 2023

COALVILLE, Utah — The family of a 3-year-old boy who died in a boating accident at Echo State Park over the weekend is "devastated by this loss."

Walter Greer was in a boat with his family Sunday afternoon when fell into the reservoir and was hit and killed by the boat's propeller.

“We are devastated to be saying goodbye to our darling Walter so unexpectedly. Walter was an absolute joy who loved Spiderman, trains, trucks and his red boots. We are so blessed to have Walter as a forever part of our family. He is so loved and we hold his memory close until we meet again,” the family said in a statement.

A GoFundMe page created to help the family with funeral expenses said Walter was excited to start preschool this month.

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Officials said Greer was wearing a life jacket when he was killed in the reservoir about 25 miles northeast of Park City.