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Man critically injured after falling from Lagoon's Sky Ride

Posted at 10:34 PM, Aug 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-16 19:26:25-04

***UPDATE: Farmington Police announced Monday that the man has died from his injuries. FOX 13's previous report continues below.


FARMINGTON, Utah — A man was injured Saturday evening when he fell off a ride at Lagoon.

Video sent to FOX 13 shows the man hanging from the Sky Ride as it crossed over an area of the park. People below the ride could be seen looking up and yelling.

Lagoon Man Hanging

The park-goer who sent the video told FOX 13 she was stunned to see the man dangling from the 47-year-old attraction.

“I am thinking this is a professional gymnast or a stunt,” said Lucy Grace Astilla.

She is visiting Utah and was at the park to celebrate a family member’s birthday Saturday.

She quickly learned the man was not a professional gymnast or stunt artist.

Farmington Police said they received multiple 9-1-1 calls shortly before 6 p.m. reporting that the man had fallen from the chairlift-like ride, which transports people from one end of the amusement park to the other.

Officers and paramedics responded to render medical aid before taking him to the University of Utah Hospital by helicopter. At the latest update Saturday night, the man was in critical condition.

“Last night, I was not able to sleep thinking about that man,” Astilla said. “I pray for him. I hope he can recover.”

The 32-year-old, whose name was not released, was riding alone, according to witnesses' accounts.

Both police and a Lagoon spokesperson said it does not appear the ride malfunctioned. An investigation is underway, and the park is cooperating.

The park official also said the Sky Ride has been operating without any such incident since 1974.