A 29 year old Lehi woman was rescued after being lost 8 hours in the shallow water and Phragmites near the Provo airport.
On May 31, 2016, shortly after midnight, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a woman missing on Utah Lake. The woman, age 29, from Lehi, was boating with friends in a shallow water area south east of the Provo Airport. Their boat became stuck and at about 7:00 PM the woman decided to walk to shore through the shallow water. When her friends got back to the harbor they could not find the woman.
Volunteers with Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescues, Utah Lake State Parks Officers, Provo police officers, and a Utah Department of Public Safety all responded to assist in locating the woman. She was reportedly wearing only a bikini. At about 2:20 AM searchers on the lake and on the nearby Airport Dike Rd could hear a woman yelling for help. Even after hearing her voice it took rescuers nearly 45 minutes to actually locate her. The DPS helicopter landed, picked her up, and delivered her to a waiting ambulance at Utah Lake State Park.
The woman was suffering from hypothermia and she sustained cuts and scrapes from walking about a mile through the thick Phragmites (Reeds) in the area. She was taken by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo where she is expected to recover. With air temperatures in the mid 40's and water temperatures in the mid 60's, this incident could have had a much more serious outcome.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO