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Recent rescues at Sand Hollow Reservoir underscore importance of life jackets

Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, March 29, 2021

(Jeff Richards, St. George News)


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SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK — Two people were rescued from the chilly waters of Sand Hollow Reservoir on Monday afternoon when the personal watercraft they were riding on capsized.

Both adult occupants of the WaveRunner escaped injury thanks to the fact that they were wearing life jackets, Sand Hollow State Park manager Jonathan Hunt told St. George News.

"They tried to get back on board that WaveRunner, and they couldn't because it was filled with water," Hunt said. "Luckily, the people on the shoreline called 911 and we were able to go out there, where we found them wearing life jackets. We simply pulled them on our boat and got them and the WaveRunner back to shore."

"I just got off the boat right now, and the water was 52 degrees, which is pretty chilly," he said. "A lot of people are enjoying the sandy beach, but they're not jumping in the lake on purpose. We do have people waterskiing because it's nice and sunny, but that water's cold."

Windy conditions can also present a hazard, Hunt noted.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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