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Searchers find body of Flaming Gorge drowning victim

Searchers find body of Flaming Gorge drowning victim

By Wendy Leonard | Posted - Sep. 2, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.

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FLAMING GORGE — Search crews found the body of a 35-year-old Colorado man who died while swimming with a friend after high winds carried their boat away.

Chad Runnings, of Craig, Colo., had a life jacket at the time but gave it to his friend while the two attempted to retrieve the boat. Shortly after the exchange, the friend saw Runnings go under the water and not come back up, according to Daggett County sheriff's spokeswoman Karen Peterson.

Officers were notified of the possible drowning just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday. A dive team from Uintah County arrived at about 8:30 p.m. and trolled the waters in the Jug Hollow area for two hours but did not find Runnings' body. Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen said divers could only see about 5 feet under the water, but the bottom of the reservoir where Runnings was last seen is around 12 feet deep.

On Friday, searchers found Runnings' body in the same general area where he was last seen.

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