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Three Men And A Dog Survive Freezing Water After Boat Swamped In High Winds


Posted On : 12/9/2019 9:33:44 AM

Sunday morning three men and their dog


*** PRESS RELEASE December 9, 2019 ***

On Sunday, December 8, 2019, about 8:50 AM, Dispatchers with Central Utah 911 received a 911 call from a man who said he and two friends were duck hunting on Utah Lake, near Lincoln Beach, when high winds came up hail began to fall. The waves caused their 12 foot duck boat to swamp, putting all three men in the water.  They also had a dog with them.  The men were wearing life jackets, but they were wading through chest deep water.  State Parks Officers from Utah Lake State Park later said the water temperature was 36 degrees.  Complicating things further were the Phragmites, or wetland grasses, that were 8'-12' tall, making it difficult to determine what direction they should go.  Search and Rescue, State Parks Officers, and Payson Ambulance responded.  After about an hour the men and the dog made it to shore without assistance from SAR.  A responding Deputy had the heater in his Tahoe on high.  The men got to their own vehicles to get warm.  The dog, on the other hand, decided it liked the heat and curled up on the front passenger side of the Deputy's floor.  The dog swam the entire distance to shore, nearly 1,000 yards.  Weather, while overcast, had initially been calm.  People should be aware and recognize that when storms come up on Utah Lake conditions can quickly become life threatening.  When adverse weather is possible people should make their way off the lake as soon as possible.  All three men and the dog suffered from hypothermia but should recover without problems.  

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

(801)404-1912 - Cell

(801)851-4333 - Office

Twitter:  @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO

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Duck boat

Phragmites Lincoln Beach 2

Dog getting warm!

Phragmites Lincoln Beach 1


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