SEVIER COUNTY, Utah — The body of a thirteen-year-old boy, who was reported missing Friday morning at Fish Lake in Sevier County was recovered Saturday night.
In a press release at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, local officials reported that with the help of multiple Utah agencies, the body of the teenager was found in the lake.
It was initially reported that a 36-year-old Christopher Winslow and son from Cedar City had gone fishing with a friend. The friend was dropped off at 3:14 a.m. and the father and son headed back out to fish some more.
Between 5:14 and 5:21, the boat Winslow and his son was in capsized. The pair began holding onto opposite sides of the boat and attempts to call 911 were not successful due to bad connection. At some point, Winslow's son succumbed to the exposure, let go of the boat and began to sink. Winslow tried to swim down to bring the teenager back to the surface but he was unable to, according to the press release.
Neither Winslow nor his son were wearing life jackets at the time the boat capsized.
At around 7:30 a.m., some other fishermen heard Winslow yelling for help and were able to get him to shore. He was located 1,000 feet from the closest shoreline and was taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure and hypothermia.
Search and Rescue teams immediatley began searching the water and found debris of items from the boat, but were not able to locate him. Dive teams later assisted in the search and was able to locate the teenager's body about 106 feet under the surface.
During the search, a family member informed officials of the "Life 360" app that the teenager had on his phone. Using the last location that was recorded on the phone, searchers were able to narrow down their search to an area that was not initially accounted for.
“If it had not been for the family and the app information they provided, we would not have found him as quick as we did. We would have found him eventually, but not near as quickly,” Sheriff Curtis with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
The Sheriff's Office said there have been drownings at Fish Lake before, but not at this time of year.
The Sevier County Sheriff's Office thanks the Utah DPS dive team, Utah State Parks, and Wasatch County Sheriff’s office Search and rescue for their assistance in the search.
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