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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Man, 69, missing after his boat capsizes in Flaming Gorge

By Brian West, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Sept. 1 9:05 p.m. MDT

 Flow tubes are open and water is being released Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from Flaming Gorge Dam. A Salt Lake City man drowned Monday in the Green River. The river is running at 10 times the normal rate due to releases from Flaming Gorge Dam, officials said.

Flow tubes are open and water is being released Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from Flaming Gorge Dam. A Salt Lake City man drowned Monday in the Green River. The river is running at 10 times the normal rate due to releases from Flaming Gorge Dam, officials said.

(Alex Cabrero, Deseret News)

MANILA, Daggett County — Divers planned to resume searching Tuesday morning for a man who went missing in Flaming Gorge Reservoir when his boat capsized.

A man and woman were in a small 12-foot boat with an electric motor. They were traveling from the Antelope Flats area headed toward Lucerne Marina on the reservoir when the boat capsized, said Daggett County sheriff's spokeswoman Susie Potter.

"At the time of the incident, there were reported wind gusts on the reservoir with choppy water, making conditions difficult," she said in a prepared statement.

The woman, 62, was able to swim to shore using a flotation device. "She was in the water for some time," Potter said.

The man, 69, disappeared.

The woman notified sheriff's officials of the incident about 4 p.m. The Uintah County search and rescue dive team responded to help locate the man, but were unsuccessful. The Utah Department of Public Safety dive team planned to assist in the search Tuesday morning, as well as crews from Utah State Parks, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Sweetwater County search and rescue from Wyoming.

The names of the man and woman were not released Monday, nor was information about their relationship. Investigators would only say they're from Utah, but not from the local area.

— Brian West

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1. patriot
Cedar Hills, UT,
Sept. 1, 2014

what a sad sad story. This poor woman had to swim to shore only to find her husband didn't make it. Tarea my heart out.