Man drowns in Great Salt Lake

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jul 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-13 18:48:54-04

ANTELOPE ISLAND, Utah – A man drowned while kayaking in the Great Salt Lake near Antelope Island Saturday.

Sgt. Susan Poulsen, Davis County Sheriff’s Office, said a driver looked into the bay and saw an empty kayak. The driver stopped to investigate, and he found the body floating nearby. The man was found at about 3:40 p.m.

The 53-year-old male victim is from Massachusetts. Poulsen said officials attempted to revive the man and performed CPR.

Authorities said the man rented a kayak at the park and signed paperwork indicating he had experience on the water. The man had a life jacket with him, but he was not wearing it.

John Sullivan, assistant park manager, said it isn’t clear how the man got into trouble.

“Exactly how he ended up in the water we don’t know,” he said. “At the time the weather was calm. The seas on the Great Salt Lake were calm. In fact, I would even say they were flat.”

The State Medical Examiner will try to determine if there was any medical cause for the man to fall out of the kayak. Officials said the water was about 8-feet deep in the area where the man was found.