A boat capsizes on Utah Lake - 8 people are successfully rescued.
On 08/07/09, at 16:22 hours, the Utah Valley Dispatch Center received a 911 phone call from a woman, identifying herself as Julie Barbero, who reported that her boat was taking on water and sinking into Utah Lake. Additionally, she reported that there were 8 people on the boat; 4 adult females and 4 juvenile females.
The boat, a 20 ft. Master Craft, was quickly taking water on over its bow and side due to high 3 -5 foot waves on Utah Lake. Eventually the motor became water logged and stalled.
Utah State Parks personnel were dispatched shortly after the 911 call was received and were able to begin searching Utah Lake within just a few minutes. At 16:42, State Parks located the distressed boat approximately 1 1/2 miles East of Pelican Point in the Saratoga Springs area of Utah Lake. Utah Valley Dispatch personnel played a critical role in locating the victims as they were able to get a GPS location from the cell phone that was used to call in the incident.
By 16:49, the first five victims were loaded onto a State Parks boat and by 16:58, the last three were safely loaded as well. The four adult victims are identified as: Diana Cannon (DOB 06/30/065), Marva Match (DOB 06/08/66), Julie Barbero (DOB 09/13/67, and Julie Brown (DOB 02/15/65). The children are identified as: Maggie Cannon Match (11), Kate Cannon Match (6), Ellison Brown Barbero (6), and Tatum Brown Barbero (3). All are residents of the Salt Lake area.
All victims were wearing life vests during the incident and no injuries were received as a result of their harrowing experience. At this time, State Parks personnel and the Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team are attempting to recover the boat which did sink. Search and Rescue did respond with a helicopter but it was not used to remove the victims from the water.
For clarification, please contact Lt. Yvette M. Rice, Public Information Officer for the Utah County Sheriff's Office @ (801)420-3745 or Lt. Dave Bennett, of the Utah County Sheriff's Office, @ 801-420-1911.