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Man drowns in Herriman reservoir

By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News

Published: Sun, May 18 8:25 p.m. MDT

 Family of 19 year old Joey Pantoja react to news of his death Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Black ridge reservoir in Herriman, Pantoia and another friend were apparently trying to swim across the reservoir when he went under the water.

Family of 19 year old Joey Pantoja react to news of his death Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Black ridge reservoir in Herriman, Pantoia and another friend were apparently trying to swim across the reservoir when he went under the water.

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

HERRIMAN — A 19-year-old man drowned in Blackridge Reservoir on Sunday evening.

Joey Pantoja was trying to swim across the lake when he became distressed in the middle and went under the water about 6 p.m., according to Unified Police Department. A friend swimming with him was unable to save him.

People in the neighborhood heard the friend call for help and jumped into the reservoir at 15300 S. Ashland Ridge Dr. (5390 West) to try to rescue Pantoja.

Authorities estimate Pantoja was under water for about 40 minutes before a search-and-rescue team recovered his body.

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1. wer
South Jordan, UT,
May 18, 2014

40 minute response time?

2. bdubz
Draper, UT,
May 18, 2014

@ WER - Local police and fire respond first and then determine whether there is a need for search and rescue. And in Salt Lake County search and rescue are all volunteers, so once the call is made it takes a while for folks to grab their gear, leave their families, and reach the location.

3. Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK,
May 18, 2014

My regrets to the family.

As one who has avoided drowning on two occasions with nothing more than dumb luck, I know that fairly minor errors in judgement can lead to tragic situations.

4. kakico123
Herriman, UT,
May 18, 2014

Wer-

The story is actually misleading. The response time was not 40 minutes. That is how long from the time he went under to when they pulled him out. The 911 call took 6 minutes to go through and the first responders were there in another 8 minutes. Dive team showed up a few minutes later and then they began searching for about 20 to 25 minutes.

So sad either way. I so badly wanted to find him but it was dark under water and deep water.

5. george of the jungle
goshen, UT,
May 19, 2014

I interested in what the temperature of the water is and what was the distance of the swim. I'm sorry for their loss. I would not want my picture in the news being in grief. The family and friends have my condolences.