Boat capsizes in Great Salt Lake; 2 dead

Posted at 7:43 PM, Nov 17, 2012

SALTAIR — Authorities have identified two men who died after their boat capsized in the Great Salt Lake as Chad Tohinaka, 25, of Salt Lake City, and Logan Hardman, 25, of West Jordan.

Unified Police said Tohinaka, Hardman and a 24-year-old friend were duck hunting near Saltair Saturday afternoon when strong winds caused their boat to take on water.

“The three victims stayed with the boat for about 15 minutes (at which point) one victim swam to shore to seek help,” said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. “The others stayed with the boat.”

At about 7:15 p.m., authorities launched a massive search involving boats, ATVs and at least one helicopter. About two hours later, searchers found the hunters’ flat-bottomed boat. 

The bodies of Tohinaka and Hardman were located at about 11 p.m.

Police said none of the men were wearing life jackets.