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Body of missing swimmer recovered in layton reservoir

September 20, 2013

LAYTON — Authorities have recovered the body of 20-year-old man who drowned in Holmes Creek Reservoir Thursday.

Layton police say the body of Tyler Flint of Clearfield was found in about 15 feet of murky water.

A search was suspended Thursday night due to darkness, but resumed Friday morning. The body was recovered around 8:30 a.m.

Thursday night Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton said the man was swimming across the reservoir Thursday afternoon with two other people, a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman. The woman told police that during the swim, the victim told her he didn’t think he could make it across the reservoir. He later went underwater, despite rescue efforts by the 19-year-old man.

Police were called around 4:30 p.m., Horton said, and a helicopter was deployed to help search with an aerial view. Layton Fire Department spokesman Doug Bitton said about 30 searchers, including five from the Davis County dive team, worked into the evening hours in an attempt to recover the man.

Visibility in the reservoir was low, even before nightfall, Bitton said. The search was suspended around 8:50 p.m. and was expected to resume today at first light.

The reservoir’s depth where the dive team was searching is about 20 feet, Bitton said.

Swimming is prohibited at the small reservoir, which serves as a secondary water irrigation system, Bitton said, though fishing and other types of recreation are allowed.

Bitton said he did not believe there had ever been any other drownings at the reservoir.

Contact reporter Bubba Brown at 801-625-4221 or bbrown@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BubbaBrownSE.