In four separate incidents 16 people were rescued from Utah Lake after high winds made it impossible for the boaters to return to their launch points. None suffered life threatening problems.
On June 16, 2011, beginning about 5:30 PM, officers with the Utah State Parks and deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office began responding to calls for assistanced on Utah Lake. Winds ranging from 30 to 40 MPH caused 5-8 foot waves across the lake. One boat overturned on the north side of the north jetty at Utah Lake State park. A second boat became stranded in the area of Provo Bay, south of Utah Lake State Park. Two boats became stranded in the south east part of Utah Lake. One of the boats, a ski boat, carried two adults and eight children. The children ranged in age from 4 years old to 13 years old. Several of those boaters were suffering from hyporthermia. Their rescue was complicated by continuing wind and waves. After they were rescued they were treated by medical personnel. An airplane from the Utah County Sheriff's Office assisted in locating the two boats stranded in the southeast part of the lake. Members of Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, using a flat bottom boat and wave runners, rescued these individuals.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, (801)404-1912