UPDATE: Police identify victims of Utah Lake jet-ski drowning

Wasatch Front News

UTAH COUNTY (ABC4) – Officials have identified the jet skiers who died while recreating at Utah Lake Saturday evening.

According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies of the two men recovered earlier today from Utah Lake are believed to be those of 33-year-old Jorge Anica, and his brother, 21-year-old Manuel Anica.

Officials tell ABC4 both victims were of West Valley City.

Original Story: Bodies of missing jet skiers discovered at Utah Lake

SUNDAY 05/16/21 9:30 a.m.

UTAH COUNTY (ABC4) – Rescue crews have recovered the bodies of two missing jet skiers Sunday morning.

According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the first body was discovered by rescue teams around 9:30 a.m. and the second one was then found shortly after.

“We got a call this morning little before 1:30 a.m., from a woman who said her husband and his brother went out to Utah Lake yesterday in the Knolls area on the west side of the lake near mile marker 20,” Cannon tells ABC4.

Rescue teams say as efforts were pushed for locating the missing men, a helicopter and search parties were issued.

According to Cannon, both men who are believed to be in their 30s were also found wearing life vests.

“They did have life jackets on…There was a little bit of wind last night, it wasn’t severe wind but the temperature of Utah Lake right now is about 57 degrees and it’s not easy to do well for very long in water that is that temperature,” he adds.

Officials tell ABC4 that as the investigation continues it is unknown if the men involved also suffered any injuries before their death.

“We don’t know yet if there may have been some kind of injury involved, that precipitated before them going into the lake, or if they simply fell off their watercraft,” Cannon shares.

According to officials both bodies have been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Taylorsville for further inspection.

Cannon tells ABC4 drowning is the most likely determined cause of death for the missing jet skiers.

Original Story: 2 men disappear jet-skiing in Utah Lake, crews search for answers

SATURDAY 05/15/21 4:20 p.m.

UTAH COUNTY (ABC4) – A rescue mission is underway as crews search for two missing jet skiers on Utah Lake.

According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, on May 15, two men decided to go to visit Utah Lake around 4:20 p.m.

Cannon tells ABC4 the men were supposed to be gone for just a couple of hours, but as time went on they did not return prompting family and authorities to begin their search.

Officials say they found the truck the men arrived in located near the Knolls area on the west side of Utah Lake.

Cannon says the area the men have gone missing is the very same area wherein 2020, two teenagers also disappeared resulting in a nine-day recovery mission.

Officials tell ABC4 that search and rescue efforts have been ongoing throughout the night and the early morning. A helicopter has also been issued to further help the search.

Emergency crews coordinating rescue mission

If anyone has seen these men, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office is urging to dial 801-794-3970.

ABC4 will update as the story develops.

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