UPDATE: Police recover body of drowned 19-year-old in Spring Lake

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UPDATE: SATURDAY 6/26/21 8:05 A.M.

SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC4) – Around 10:55 p.m. on Friday night, search and rescue crews were able to locate the body of a 19-year-old man who was feared to have drowned in Spring Lake earlier that day.

Using an underwater remotely operated vehicle from the Utah State Parks department, crews located the body of Weston Lane Peterson, with reports saying he was found in water around 10 feet deep.

UPDATE: FRIDAY 6/25/21 10:28 P.M.

SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC4) – Crews are searching for a 19-year-old man who may have drowned in Spring Lake Friday. 

Sgt. Spencer Cannon with Utah County Sheriff’s Office says the man was swimming in Spring Lake with a small group of friends. At one point, authorities say he started to struggle. A bystander got in the water to help him, but when they did, a woman he was with also started to have trouble. 

The bystander wasn’t able to grab them both, so he took the woman to safety and the 19-year-old man hasn’t been seen since.  

There is a line of search and rescue volunteers in the water using poles to probe the bottom and try to find him. There are also several scuba divers doing a more detailed search as well as a dog that’s trained to find people underwater.  

Sgt. Cannon said visibility is proving to be their biggest challenge.  

“It’s pretty barren and plain down there when you can see it’s just a very short distance in front of you in this case it might be almost zero visibility down there so like I said they go through a lot of it by feel,” Sgt. Cannon said.  

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team along with the Payson Fire Department are continuing to search for the missing man. Sgt. Cannon said they don’t have any reason to believe he’s not in the water, so they’re going to continue doing everything they can to find him.  

“We know he is in the water, we know really well the area where he is, but even with that, it’s not science in finding him. But we’re doing everything we can to make that as quick as possible,” Sgt. Cannon said.  

Sgt. Cannon said the man wasn’t wearing a life jacket at the time but there is only a slight current, so crews expect to find him close to where he was last seen. As of Friday evening, the water is 77 degrees.  

The friends he was swimming with were able to make it out of the water and are safe. Sgt. Cannon said they haven’t discussed how long they will be out looking for the man. Visibility will play a large role in that decision. Stay with ABC4 for updates.  

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SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC4) – Search and rescue crews are on the scene of a possible drowning at Spring Lake Friday evening.

According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, police are searching for a missing person, who may have drowned at the lake between Payson and Santaquin.

Courtesy: Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office

ABC4 has a crew heading to the scene to gather more information.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available

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