UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Two fishermen are lucky to be alive after they were rescued from Utah Lake Saturday night. ABC4 News obtained the 911 call the boaters made as they waited for help.
The two fishermen, aged 52 and 56, waited in the cold water for more than 40 minutes, hanging on to the submerged vessel and praying that their phone wouldn’t get water damage. They stayed on the phone with dispatch waiting for a volunteer Search and Rescue boat to save them.
The men had life jackets in the boat, but they weren’t wearing them and when the weather turned they didn’t have time to put them on.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said, “If you’re going to be out on the water, make sure that you’re well prepared. If you have a life jacket put it on. We’re not over-dramatizing this by saying that by doing those things you increase your chance of survival; those guys last night are lucky to be alive.”
Listen to the 911 call in the story above.