Man drowns in Herriman reservoir

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 19, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    this is just devistating for the family. My heart goes out to mom and dad and everyone else in the family.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    May 19, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    A lot of people take chances and statistics suggest that some will be taken, Motorcyclists, corvette owners, sky divers, mountain climbers, etc.

  • kakico123 Herriman, UT
    May 19, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    Water was 60 degrees and the reservoir is maybe 150 yards across total. The friend had made it to the other side and Joey was about 25 yards away from the other side. The friend jumped back in to the water to start swimming back to him. The 911 call was placed about 30 seconds after he went under but was on hold for 6 minutes before they could report it to 911. His friend definitely wasn't the only one who saw him go under or was looking for him in the water.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    May 19, 2014 6:34 a.m.

    the article didn't say 40 minute response time. If the man was in the middle of the reservoir and the only one who was with him or saw him was the co-swimmer, then no emergency responders would even be notified until the co-swimmer swims back to shore and calls someone. The co-swimmer might have been 10 or 20 minutes away from finishing his swim to the shore. the article is unclear on what the response time was.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 19, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    I interested in what the temperature of the water is and what was the distance of the swim. I'm sorry for their loss. I would not want my picture in the news being in grief. The family and friends have my condolences.

  • kakico123 Herriman, UT
    May 18, 2014 11:17 p.m.


    The story is actually misleading. The response time was not 40 minutes. That is how long from the time he went under to when they pulled him out. The 911 call took 6 minutes to go through and the first responders were there in another 8 minutes. Dive team showed up a few minutes later and then they began searching for about 20 to 25 minutes.

    So sad either way. I so badly wanted to find him but it was dark under water and deep water.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    May 18, 2014 10:22 p.m.

    My regrets to the family.

    As one who has avoided drowning on two occasions with nothing more than dumb luck, I know that fairly minor errors in judgement can lead to tragic situations.

  • bdubz Draper, UT
    May 18, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    @ WER - Local police and fire respond first and then determine whether there is a need for search and rescue. And in Salt Lake County search and rescue are all volunteers, so once the call is made it takes a while for folks to grab their gear, leave their families, and reach the location.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    May 18, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    40 minute response time?