Body of missing kayaker recovered from Deer Creek

Body of missing kayaker recovered from Deer Creek (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The search for a missing kayaker ended after search and rescue crews pulled the body of a 32-year-old Illinois man from the Deer Creek Reservoir on Saturday.

According to Sgt. Drew Patterson with Utah State parks, the man and his wife had been kayaking when the boat flipped sending both of them into the water around 3:20 p.m.

There were 2 life jackets present when the couple fell into the water, but according to the spouse and friends, the man did not know how to swim.

The wife was able to make it to shore to call for help, but search and rescue was not able to find the body soon enough.

"We had several people that actually dove in the water trying to find the gentleman and were unsuccessful" Patterson said.

Al Gladowski was camping nearby and witnessed the entire search and the recovery from his campsite.

"If they'd had their life jacket on obviously we wouldn't be doing a body recovery today" Patterson said.

Utah law states that every person has to have a life jacket readily available for themselves and children under the age of 12-years-old are required to wear them at all times.

Catlin West has more on the story.