K9 specialists from Salt Lake Valley join search for young victim of flash flood in Hildale

Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 19:42:44-04

HILDALE, Utah – Recovery efforts continue in Hildale Thursday for the body of a 6-year-old boy who went missing during a fatal flash flood that happened in the neighboring communities of Hildale and Colorado City on Monday.

Two vehicles carrying a total of 16 people were swept into Short Creek Monday. Three boys survived, but the bodies of three mothers and 9 children have been recovered so far. Crews are still looking for 6-year-old Tyson Lucas Black, and Thursday about 300 people aided in the search.

Earlier in the day, the two men who are the fathers of all the children involved in this tragedy spoke to the media for the first time, with their surviving sons at their side. Click here for details.

Among the searchers Thursday were 13 K9 specialists who came from the Salt Lake area to assist.

“They have capabilities of locating victims that can be buried in up to 15 feet of debris and sand,” said Chief Brian Anderton of the Unified Fire Authority.

Anderton said despite the challenging terrain, they hope for a successful recovery.

“The conditions are difficult, but we remain optimistic that we can bring this to a close here in the near future,” he said.

Volunteers have also been helping search crews by providing items like water and sack lunches.

Search efforts are expected to continue until around 7 p.m. Thursday, and they will resume Friday morning if necessary.