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Authorities recover body of drowning victim from small Utah County lake

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Posted at 8:05 PM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-26 20:38:39-04

SPRING LAKE, Utah — Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a swimmer who likely drowned in Utah County Friday night.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Weston Lane Peterson of Fairview was swimming in Spring Lake (between Payson and Santaquin) with friends around 6:45 p.m. on Friday when he and a friend began struggling to stay afloat.

A bystander on the shore swam out to help the pair, but they could only swim back with one at a time. As the "Good Samaritan" swam back to shore with Peterson's friend, Peterson disappeared under the water and didn't resurface.

Search and rescue crews responded and began looking for Peterson in the area where he went under. They used a variety of resources and tools, including divers, a rescue dog, probe poles, sonar, and a robotic underwater vehicle.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Peterson's body was found and recovered from about 10 feet deep.

"The Sheriff's Office wishes to extend our deepest condolences to Weston's family at his loss," Saturday's announcement read.