Searchers rescued kayakers who got lost on Great Salt Lake

September 20, 2019 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three kayakers who became separated and were forced to swim to shore while being battered by 7-foot (2.1-meter) waves have been rescued on the Great Salt Lake, officials said.

The three men in their 20s had set out on a kayaking trip at noon Thursday with plans to go from Stansbury Island to two other islands and then end at Antelope Island, officials said. None were wearing life jackets.

Winds reached 20 mph (32 kph) and temperatures rapidly dropped to the mid- 50s (10 Celsius) Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service. The kayakers headed to Antelope Island when weather conditions became harsh but got separated in the water.


At about 7 p.m., one of the men paddled safely to shore and called authorities for help.

Authorities launched a search-and-rescue-mission for the other two kayakers that lasted through the night. Crews from several agencies and state Department of Public Safety helicopters participated in the search.

The two men were found alive treading the water without their kayaks near Antelope Island early Friday morning.

They were both transported to Davis Hospital and are in good condition.

The names of the kayakers were not released.