Category: search and rescue

Man rescued from Mount Timpanogos trail with help from passing hiker

UTAH COUNTY — A hiker was flown from the Mount Timpanogos trail Tuesday night, and rescuers said he was fortunate to have encountered a good Samaritan.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said a 21-year-old man was hiking when he began experiencing symptoms of dehydration and altitude sickness.

He was on his way back down the trail around 9 p.m. when those symptoms set in. Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the man encountered a 74-year-old man hiking in the area, who called 911.

“It’s a fortunate situation here all around that they happened to be in the same area at the same time, and that helped to get a better outcome overall,” Cannon said.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter responded and lifted the man from the mountain.

Search for missing brothers continues at Strawberry Reservoir Friday morning

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue crews have been deployed to Strawberry Reservoir after an unoccupied boat that was still running was found near the shore in the Ladders area, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said they received a call about the boat around 2:30 p.m.  Thursday, and state park rangers and deputies responded to the northeast area of the reservoir.

They attempted to contact the owner of the boat, but could not.

Two brothers, ages 61 and 70, are believed to have been on the boat. They are from Pleasant Grove and Salem.

Wasatch County Search and Rescue was then notified and deployed to the area, according to Sgt. Ken Purdy with the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews from Summit and Utah counties, State Park Rangers and the Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter team are all assisting in the search.

The search was suspended overnight but has resumed Friday morning.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Unoccupied, running boat found at Strawberry Reservoir; search and rescue deployed to area

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue crews have been deployed to Strawberry Reservoir after an unoccupied boat that was still running was found near the shore, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said they received a call about the boat around 2:30 p.m. and state park rangers and deputies responded to the area.

They attempted to contact the owner of the boat, but could not.

Wasatch County Search and Rescue was then notified and deployed to the area, according to Sgt. Ken Purdy with the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Purdy also said crews are now looking for the owner of the boat.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Search and rescue crews looking for two brothers at Strawberry Reservoir

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue crews have been deployed to Strawberry Reservoir after an unoccupied boat that was still running was found near the shore in the Ladders area, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said they received a call about the boat around 2:30 p.m. and state park rangers and deputies responded to the northeast area of the reservoir.

They attempted to contact the owner of the boat, but could not.

Two brothers, ages 61 and 70, are believed to have been on the boat. They are from Pleasant Grove and Salem.

Wasatch County Search and Rescue was then notified and deployed to the area, according to Sgt. Ken Purdy with the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews from Summit and Utah counties, State Park Rangers and the Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter team are all assisting in the search.

Crews on the water will continue the search through the night, according to Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby, and support teams will rejoin the search in the morning.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Officials identify man who died while swimming at East Canyon Reservoir

EAST CANYON STATE PARK, Utah — Authorities have identified a man who died while swimming at East Canyon Reservoir Sunday.

Utah State Parks identified the man Monday as 25-year-old Shervin Rayeneh.

Lt. Eric Stucki told Fox 13 on Monday morning that crews recovered his body Sunday after 10 p.m.

Rayeneh went under while struggling to swim in the cold water.

The man’s family had rented a pontoon boat, and he had been swimming with two others when he began to struggle. Authorities do not suspect impairment, saying the cold water was a likely factor.

“They noticed he was kind of struggling and making his way back to the boat,” Stucki said. “He went under the water and hasn’t been seen since.”

Several members of the group were wearing life jackets but the man was not.

Rescue crews spent Sunday searching for the man with the help of LifeFlight and other resources. 

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Dramatic video shows scene at East Canyon State Park amid search for missing boater

EAST CANYON STATE PARK, Utah — Rescue crews spent Sunday afternoon searching for a missing 25-year-old North Salt Lake man who went under after struggling to swim in the cold water of East Canyon Reservoir.

Dramatic video taken near the boat ramp at East Canyon State Park shows a confusing and potentially tragic scene.

The video starts with a Life Flight helicopter landing on the boat ramp as a crowd gathers to see what’s going on.

“We hear sirens come out and I saw Life Flight come in,” said Haylee Johnson as she recalled what had happened.

She was one of the people watching as crews helped a family get off of their pontoon boat.

“I’m shaking just from the adrenaline of seeing that,” Johnson said. “I mean, you saw people come off that boat screaming, crying.”

The people can be seen coming off of the boat one-by-one before making contact with a woman, who had been walking down the ramp towards them — she then dropped to her knees and begins to cry and scream.

“They didn’t speak English, we couldn’t understand them and I’m almost thinking I’m glad I couldn’t,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to know what they were thinking, or what was going on, but the terror and horror in their voices was just absolutely brutal.”

The strong reaction by both the people getting off of the boat and those watching stemmed from an incident on the water.

Emergency personnel received a call around 3:30 p.m. Sunday alerting them to a 25-year-old man who had gone under while swimming in East Canyon Reservoir.

His family, from North Salt Lake, had rented the pontoon boat. Utah State Parks and Recreation said the man had been swimming in the water with two girls.

“They noticed he was kind of struggling and making his way back to the boat,” said Lt. Eric Stucki with Utah State Parks and Recreation. “He went under the water and hasn’t been seen since.”

Stucki said they do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved, but believe the cold water most likely caused him to struggle.

Utah State Parks said after the family conducted their own “hasty” search of the surrounding waters, they called search and rescue crews for help.

Upon arrival, crews from Morgan County, Summit County and Weber County joined efforts as they conducted a perimeter search of the shore and a surface search of the water.

Sonar equipment was also used to search the area where he went missing, which is 150 feet deep.

“We do have a couple of points of interest that we have found with our side scan sonars,” Stucki said.

Dive crews addressed those “points of interest” before remote operated vehicles were sent in to continue the search.

“Where did he disappear to? Is he under the water? What happened to their family member?” Stucki said. “It’s a horrible, horrible thing to have to go through as a family.”

Crews will suspend the Sunday night search once it gets dark and will resume Monday morning.

Teen flown to hospital after falling 20 feet in Weber County

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A 14-year-old boy was flown to a hospital after he fell 20 feet in the Uintah Highlands area Thursday.

According to the Weber Fire District, search and rescue responded to the Springwater Canyon area Thursday evening after a 14-year-old boy fell an estimated 20 feet.

Rescuers said the terrain in the area was steep, wet and tough to navigate. A helicopter was dispatched and took the teen to McKay Dee hospital. The teen was then transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Specific details about the nature and extent of the teen’s injuries were not immediately available.

The rescue involved personnel from Ogden, South Ogden and Riverdale.

“The District is very appreciate(sic) of all the great teamwork and wish this young man the best in his recovery!” the post from the district concludes.