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By: Moroni Channel News
Salt Lake City Utah, USA
In West Jordan a woman died after drowning in a rafting accident during an LDS youth trip in Snake River, Idaho.
Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said that Sister Pamela Solomon fell from the raft while having a youth activity. In spite of wearing a life vest and quickly pulled out of the water she died because she had swallowed a significant amount of water. Church spokesman released the following statement:
"Sister Solomon was a beloved Young Women’s president and we mourn with her family and the members of her congregation as they face this tragic loss," Hawkins said.
She was transported to a hospital in Jackson Wyoming where she died. The church provides the following information when an accident strikes on a youth activity.
Activities should involve minimal risk of injury or illness to participants. Activities should also involve minimal risk of damage to property. During activities, leaders make every effort to ensure safety. By planning effectively and following safety precautions, leaders can minimize the risk of accidents.
Activities should include appropriate training and proper supervision. They should also be appropriate for the participants’ age and maturity.
Leaders should be prepared for emergencies that may occur. They should also know in advance how to contact local law enforcement and emergency services.
If an accident or injury occurs on Church property or during a Church-sponsored activity, leaders observe the following guidelines, as applicable:
The bishop or stake president should be notified promptly if:
If a person has been seriously injured or is missing, if property has been seriously damaged, or if legal action is threatened or anticipated, the stake president (or a bishop under his direction), promptly takes one of the following actions:
Leaders also report injuries and damage involving Church facilities or property to the facilities manager.
Insurance and Questions
Leaders should review the applicability of the Church Activity Insurance Program if an injury occurred during a Church-sponsored activity, event, or assignment. For information about insurance, see 13.6.9.
The stake president (or a bishop under his direction) refers questions about safety issues or claims against the Church to the Risk Management Division or to the area office.
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