LINDON — A 13-year-old boy walked 6 miles across a partially frozen Utah Lake Friday after arguing with his parents.
"We think there are better ways to blow off steam when you have an argument with your parents, but this kid didn't think that — or he didn't think, one or the other," Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.
"By the time we identified where he was, he was probably halfway or more across the lake," he said.
The boy was apparently angry with his folks and left their Saratoga Springs home about 4 p.m.
Search and rescue equipment was at the ready, Cannon said. "All we could do was watch."
He said the lake has yet to completely freeze, as temperatures have remained unseasonably warm, and there are open spots, likely caused by underground springs, all around the surface of the lake. The depth of the lake varies from 1 to 2 feet around the edges, to 14 feet in some areas, which are more dangerous if the boy had fallen in.
"There's a very real risk of injury or even death," the sergeant said.4 comments on this story
The teen fell through the ice on one of his last few steps near the Lindon Marina at the east side of the lake, though the water wasn't more than a foot or two deep at that spot, according to Cannon.
"Fortunately for him, he's not a real big kid," he said. "It was enough to hold him until he got to where it was shallow and it wasn't a big risk of injury if he fell through."
While retreating across an iced-over lake isn't common rebellious behavior, Cannon said, "Acting without thought is not an uncommon way for teenagers to react to a situation they're not happy with."