Utah teen drowns in Supai Canyon during Boy Scout trip

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Coconino County authorities said a 16-year-old Utah boy apparently drowned in Supai Canyon during a Boy Scout outing.

Kreg Harrison Jr., of St. George, and three other Scouts were swimming in a pool of water immediately below Mooney Falls Wednesday afternoon when Kreg began to struggle and went under the water, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

The boys reportedly were trying to swim near or underneath the falls.

Investigators describe the pool beneath the falls as about 5 feet deep with a very strong undercurrent near the falls.

One of the other boys attempted to pull Kreg above the water, but authorities said the undercurrent was so strong that it almost pulled him under, too. Eventually, one of the other swimmers was able to pull Kreg to the shore.

Numerous people including a medical doctor who was traveling with the Scout troop and a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer administered CPR, but they were not able to save Kreg's life.

According to an adult witness, two of the Scouts were still trapped behind the falls. Adult leaders and other Scouts formed a human chain and rescued the two trapped swimmers.

Kreg's body was flown to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office where the investigation will be continued.

Kreg was visiting Supai Canyon at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with his Boy Scout troop. Twelve adults and 19 boys were in the group.