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Man drowns in Herriman reservoir

Published: Sunday, May 18 2014 8:25 p.m. MDT

Family of 19 year old Joey Pantoja react to news of his death Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Black ridge reservoir in Herriman, Pantoia and another friend were apparently trying to swim across the reservoir when he went under the water.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

HERRIMAN — A 19-year-old man drowned in Blackridge Reservoir on Sunday evening.

Joey Pantoja was trying to swim across the lake when he became distressed in the middle and went under the water about 6 p.m., according to Unified Police Department. A friend swimming with him was unable to save him.

People in the neighborhood heard the friend call for help and jumped into the reservoir at 15300 S. Ashland Ridge Dr. (5390 West) to try to rescue Pantoja.

Authorities estimate Pantoja was under water for about 40 minutes before a search-and-rescue team recovered his body.

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