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Two people die in Deer Creek Reservoir; another dies in Pineview Reservoir

All three are presumed to have drowned.

(Isaac Hale | Special to The Tribune) People recreate on boats and inner tubes at Deer Creek Reservoir near Charleston on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Three people died on Utah reservoirs on Sunday, victims of apparent drownings.

A couple from Chandler, Arizona, was found floating unconscious in Deer Creek Reservoir shortly before noon. According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, David McMillan, 72, and Catherine McMillan, 59, were boating with their adult children when David got into the water and began swimming. When he began struggling, his wife jumped in to assist him. Family members told police both McMillans sank beneath the water and did not resurface for “an extended period of time.” Neither was wearing a life jackets.

Bystanders and first responders attempted to revive the couple, without success. While the McMillans are assumed to have drowned, the State Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

Elsewhere, a 37-year-old man died in Pineview Reservoir as he attempted to retrieve his son.

According to Weber County Sheriff’s Office, the man’s young son began to float away in a flotation device, so the father swam out to bring him back. But the man was unable to reach his son and went under the water.

A bystander was able to reach the boy, but was unable to find the father. Search and rescue crews arrived at 1:31 p.m., and located the man’s body at 3:50 p.m.

His name has not been released pending notification of family members.

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