May 9, 2014

Layton woman appears to have accidentally drowned

A Layton woman appears to have accidentally drowned in a canal Thursday afternoon.

A neighbor told Deputy James Hager she heard yelling at about 4:30 p.m. and looked outside, seeing a woman in the canal hanging on to a jet ski which was docked there. She was yelling for help and her husband was trying to throw her a rope. She said she looked away for a few minutes, but the yelling continued. When she looked back the woman was drifting away from the jet ski.

At that point, she said she jumped in the canal and pulled 71 year old Layton resident Dalia Maria Perez from the water. She said she began performing CPR until paramedics arrived and took over. Perez was transported to Fishermen’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of her death but detectives say it appears she accidentally drowned after falling in to the canal.

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