American Fork teen drowns at Hyrum State Park

Published 07/10 2014 10:43AM

Updated 07/10 2014 02:46PM

CACHE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)  - A  family from American Fork is mourning the loss of their 14-year-old son after he drowned in the Hyrum Dam Reservoir in Cache County Wednesday night.

“Once he went under the water he did not surface again,” said Lt. Doyle Peck with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Peck says the teen was last seen at 7:30 p.m. and he had been swimming with his family and friends at the lake in about 10 to 15 feet of water when the boy became tired and tried to swim back to shore, but didn't make it.

“It was not what we would call conditions out of the ordinary. Unfortunately it was one of those situations where he became fatigued and panicked a little bit and unfortunately went under the water,” said Lt. Peck.

Officials say the area in which the teens were at is a very popular spot and it's not uncommon to find people 20 to 30 feet from shore swimming.  “In hindsight with this, if there could have been any type of personal flotation device, a life jacket, it could have been a great thing,” said Ty Hunter with Utah State Parks and Recreation.

Rescue efforts on boat, in the water, and from the air searched for the boy for two hours in mercy water before locating the 14- year-old’s body just after 9:30 p.m. Officials say whether at a lake or a pool keep in mind when someone gets into trouble it isn't always obvious.

“It’s not the splashing around, frantic look a lot of people have or think their going to have a lot of the time, it's just a struggle to stay up, but when your tired in water it's a different ballgame and when someone starts to panic it can have tragic consequences,” said Lt. Peck.

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