HYRUM — Authorities have identified the 14-year-old boy from American Fork, who drowned Wednesday night while swimming with his family in Hyrum Reservoir.
<p class=”Standard”>Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said Tucker Smith was with his older brother and cousins, swimming about 20-feet from shore when he started struggling.
“He got in some distress and panicked a little bit,” said Peck. “A call was made to the 911 center for assistance. Several people here on the lake responded to assist as well.”
“He was last seen about 7:30 p.m.,” said Peck. “We had several people here that tried to reach him, unfortunately not in time and just a few minutes ago a positive ID was made on his body and he was recovered from the Hyrum Dam area.”
<p class=”Standard”>Smith and his family were swimming in a cove known as Devil’s Half Acre, on the southwest side of the reservoir.
<p class=”Standard”>As divers began searching, Smith’s family huddled together on the shore, pointing out where he was at, before going under water.
<p class=”Standard”>The search was hampered by murky water. Peck said divers reported visibility was only about six-inches along the bottom.
<p class=”Standard”>Several minutes before 9:30 p.m., just over two-hours after he was last seen, a diver recovered Smith’s body about 8-feet below the surface, 15-feet from the shoreline.
Peck said this was a sad conclusion to an enormous search effort.
“We had people from Cache County Sheriff’s office, Search and Rescue and Parks and Rec,” said Peck. “The DPS (Department of Public Safety) sent up their dive team on a helicopter, LifeFlight was standing by. We just had a lot of people here, trying to save this young man. Not to mention the efforts of several citizens nearby who had boats that went immediately to his aid to try and help him.”
After being found, the Smith’s body was transported by boat to the marina where he was positively identified.
Utah State Parks Lt. Eric Stucki said Wednesday’s accident is sad reminder that everyone should use a personal flotation device when in the water.
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