Crews Search for Missing Boater

Crews Search for Missing Boater

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Sam Penrod reporting Crews have resumed searching Utah Lake this morning for an 18-year-old man who is believed to have drowned.

The man and his 28-year-old brother were out on the lake Sunday afternoon sailboating.

His older brother survived more than four hours after their boat capsized, but there is still no sign of him.

Searchers returned to shore Sunday, after spending several hours on the lake looking for the 18-year-old man. It's beginning to look more like a recovery effort than a rescue.

Searchers got a call about the man in the water around 5 pm Sunday.

The man and his brother had launched their ten foot sailboat around noon Sunday, from the Saratoga Springs harbor.

About an hour later, there was a problem with the boat's rudder, so the 18-year-old got in the water trying to fix it and became separated from the boat.

Not long after that, the boat capsized. The 28-year-old man stayed with the boat, but could not see his brother. Authorities say that neither man was wearing a life jacket.

The 28 year old remained with the capsized boat for more than four hours, until another boat found he was in danger and rescued him. That began the search for the missing 18-year-old.

Sgt. Darren Gilbert/ Utah County Sheriff's Office: "The brother has been helping with the last place he saw his brother, where the boat was, the drift of the boat and his brother may have ocurred."

More than 60 people have been involved in the search, in boats and on personal watercraft. The search focused near the Saratoga Springs Boat harbor, however, because the water is so rough, the search area on the lake keeps getting bigger.

The Utah Highway Patrol Helicopter with its infrared equipment were set to search the lake Sunday night.

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