Boaters and swimmers stranded at Sand Hollow State Park, 15-year-old girl loses a finger

Boaters and swimmers stranded at Sand Hollow State Park, 15-year-old girl loses a finger


ABC4.COM. EMILY WINDSTORMS STRANDED SEVERAL SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AT SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR THIS WEEKEND. FIRST RESPONDERS NOW URGING VISITORS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS. ABC 4’S KATIE KARALIS REPORTS FROM HURRICANE. [A39]SOUTHERN UTAH WIND ADVISORY 5-PKG WHAT SEEMED TO BE A NORMAL SUMMER DAY AT SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK QUICKLY TURNED INTO CHAOS… WHEN GUSTS OF WIND CAUGHT VISITORS BY SURPRISE. “WE HAD A REPORT THAT ONE BOAT HAD SUNK ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE ISLAND.” 30 MILE PER HOUR WINDS WITH TARPS AND TENTS UP IN THE AIR AS MANY BOATERS TRIED TO TARPS AND TENTS UP IN THE AIR AS MANY BOATERS TRIED TO MAKE IT TO THE SHORE. Sgt. Darrell Cashin, Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue liaison: “IT’LL BE VERY CALM, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE WIND WILL JUST PICK UP AND WITHIN 5 MINUTES YOU HAVE WHITE CAPS.” A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL HELD ONTO HER BOAT TO KEEP IT FROM SLAMMING INTO THE DOCK. CASHIN: “AND IT CAUGHT HER FINGER, HER INDEX FINGER, BETWEEN THE BOAT AND THE DOCK, AND IT TOOK OFF THE END OF HER FINGER.” TUBERS AND SWIMMERS BECAME STRANDED ON THE ISLAND IN THE CENTER OF THE LAKE… BECOMING TOO WEAK TO SWIM BACK. IN TOTAL, THREE RESCUES TOOK PLACE. BOATERS AND SWIMMERS SHOULD EXPECT SIMILAR CONDITIONS THROUGH TOMORROW NIGHT… WITH POSSIBLE 40 MILE PER HOURS WINDS. WASHINGTON COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS SAY YOU SHOULD GET OFF THE WATER AS SOON AS IT STARTS TO GET BREEZY… BEFORE STRONGER WINDS COME IN. IF YOU DO SEE A DUST CLOUD IN THE DISTANCE, GET OFF THE WATER RIGHT AWAY. “DON’T WAIT TILL IT HITS… START HEADING FOR SHORE.” IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A STORM, MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS A LIFE JACKET ON AND TRY TO MAKE IT TO THE NEAREST SHORE. WITH GUSTY WINDS IN THE FORECAST, WASHINGTON COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE SAYS IT’S HIGHLY LIKELY SIMILAR RESCUES WILL TAKE PLACE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW. IN HURRICANE, KATIE KARALIS ABC 4 NEWS. DON A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL

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