The moment a Utah National Guard pilot spotted a missing kayaker captured on video

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DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A new video released by the Utah National Guard shows the moment an Apache helicopter pilot spotted one of the two missing kayakers at Antelope Island Thursday night.

That pilot, TJ Young, Chief Warrant Officer 2 with Utah National Guard, says the Apache helicopter flew for nearly three hours before spotting a man in an inner tube.

“It was extremely windy, probably 55 mile per hour winds. Over the lake. We were able to see huge white caps and waves across the lake,” said Young.

The man in the tube, who had been kayaking, was rescued. His fellow kayaker had initially called 911. But the third kayaker was still out there.

Until he, too, was spotted — and rescued from the frigid waters. He was simply treading water — and likely had been for hours, Young said.

“It’s hard to say when he abandoned his kayak, and decided to try swimming,” said Young.

“Last night was a great example of the Utah Guard working with the Utah Department of Public Safety on domestic operations,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jared Jones, one of the Apache pilots assigned to 1st Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment.

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