Boaters forced to abandon ship in high winds

HURRICANE – While athletes gathered at Sand Hollow Reservoir for some last-minute preparations for the pending Ironman 70.3 race, not everything was going swimmingly out on the water Friday afternoon.

Sand Hollow State Park rangers respond to a pair of boaters in distress after their craft began to take on water from high winds. Ultimately the boat had to be beached along the shore, Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, May 6, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Sand Hollow State Park rangers respond to a pair of boaters in distress after their craft began to take on water from high winds. Ultimately the boat had to be beached along the shore, Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, May 6, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Shortly after 2 p.m., a boat on the east side of the reservoir began to take on water as the wind picked up, State Park Ranger Stephen Studebaker said.

The boat’s occupants, a man and a woman, ended up beaching the boat near the eastern shore of the lake.

The two were uninjured in the incident in spite of having to ditch the boat for the time being. The boat appeared undamaged and is recoverable, Studebaker said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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