UTAH COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – Police are issuing a warning after a 13-year-old walked nearly 6 miles across Utah Lake to “cool off” after an argument with his parents on Friday.
Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the boy walked from the Saratoga Springs Marina to the Lindon Marina and didn’t fall through the ice until he was just a few feet from shore.
Cannon said the teen had gotten into an argument with his parents around 4:20 p.m. and went for a walk. When the parents called police, the teen had already walked half way across the lake.
Thankfully the boy had his phone on him and deputies were able to talk to him and was met by deputies at the Lindon Marina.
The ice cracked and the boy fell through as he got closer to the shore, but was able to get off the lake by around 5:30. The boy was not injured.
Police want to remind others the dangers of going out on the ice. Just this week, there have been two incidents where people have fallen through the ice.
Friday, a 19-year-old man fell through the ice in South Jordan while ice fishing and was rescued by residents who formed a human chain and used an extension ladder to get him out.
On Christmas Day emergency personnel with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an eight year old boy who had fallen into an icy pond while chasing a dog in New Harmony. The boy was found under the ice and was pulled from the water by Sergeant Aaron Thompson. The boy is doing well and is expected to recover.
Here are some tips to help you make decisions on better ice safety: