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Family mourns loss of teen drowned at Pineview Reservoir

Posted at 10:22 AM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 13:39:56-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — The family of 16-year-old Jesus Arturo Melendrez is mourning after the teenager drowned Sunday at Pineview Reservoir.

Jesus was out having fun with friends when they tried swimming across the the reservoir but he couldn't make it and tried to turn back. He went under the water and never resurfaced, according to his family and authorities.

SEE ALSO: Fourth deadly drowning at Pineview Reservoir this summer sparks conversations about prevention

Rescue crews searched for the teen from about 5:45 p.m. Sunday through 1 a.m. and then started back Monday morning at 7 a.m., until his body was recovered around 2:30 p.m.

The family created a GoFundMe to help Jesus' mother, three brothers, and sister. The GoFundMe page said that the family has no insurance to help with the burial.

Our family would appreciate any donations and all of your prayers.

Sunday’s drowning marks the fourth deadly drowning at Pineview Reservoir this summer. Previously, there hadn’t been a fatal drowning at the reservoir since 2017.

Local leaders, alongside federal forest service members, are actively looking at ways to help stop the troubling trend.