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Teen's body recovered from southern Utah reservoir after presumed drowning

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Posted at 7:21 PM, Jun 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-12 18:22:59-04

IRON COUNTY, Utah — Officials say a teenage boy drowned in a southern Utah reservoir Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses called 911 to report a drowning at Newcastle Reservoir around 2:40 p.m., according to the Iron County Sheriff's Office. The reservoir is located about 30 miles west of Cedar City.

Two brothers, ages 14 and 17, were in kayaks and trying to knock each other into the water. Officials said the boys were not wearing life jackets.

The 14-year-old from Beryl, who reportedly did not know how to swim, went under the water in an area about 10-12 feet deep. He was under for about 10 minutes by the time the 911 call was received.

Using helicopters, dive teams, underwater drones and SONAR, the victim's body was found and recovered around 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

"The Iron County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this young man who lost his life in this tragic event," a press release read.