LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH)- Search and rescue teams just suspended efforts to find a 20-year-old man who drowned Thursday afternoon. Layton Police say three people went swimming in Holmes Creek Reservoir, but only two people swam back to shore. Crews stopped searching for the man at sunset Thursday. Without sunlight and sonar equipment, it makes searching pretty impossible to look through the thick and murky water. That's part of the reason why authorities tell people to stay out of this area. Signs around the reservoir clearly state 'no vehicles, boating, swimming, tubing or biking.'
Up to 15 search teams combed through the Holmes Creek Reservoir Thursday afternoon looking for a 20 year old man who went swimming with two others.
"He fell underneath the water. The 19 year old male tried to help him back out but he was not able to," said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
The victim was underwater for at least ten minutes before police arrived just after 4:30pm Thursday. He hasn't been seen since. Now, fire engines and other emergency vehicles line the banks of the reservoir. It's a common place for kids to hang out.
"You just walk down the trail and there's a pipe there with a rope swing. It's been down there since I was little," said Layton resident Alexa Gabor.
The only problem is that you're not supposed to. Signs along the banks read," No swimming. Violators will be cited." A drowning acts as a rude awakening for Alexa Gabor.
"That's scary. That's really scary. It sucks. That could've been me. It could've been one of my friends. It could've been anyone," said Gabor.
Police estimate the water is about 30 feet deep, but getting down to the water means a steep and narrow hike. It's not built for emergency vehicles.
"It takes crews a long time to get down there to rescue someone. So we just ask people to follow the rules and not swim here," said Horton.
Search and rescue crews left after the sun went down on Thursday night, but plan to return to Holmes Creek Reservoir early Friday morning. Right now, police are not releasing the name of the drowning victim.
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