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Orem man saves woman, but her husband drowns in reservoir

Ravell Call, Deseret News

The body of a kayaker who drowned is brought to a dock at Deer Creek Reservoir on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

HEBER CITY — An Orem man saved a woman from drowning after a kayak accident sent her and her husband into the water at Deer Creek Reservoir on Saturday, police reported.

The husband’s body was recovered hours later.

A 32-year-old Illinois man was kayaking with his wife at the reservoir around 3:20 p.m. when their kayak tipped over. Neither were wearing life jackets even though there were two life jackets in the kayak, said Utah State Parks Sgt. Drew Patterson.

When the two-person kayak flipped about 60 feet from shore, the man disappeared “under the water quickly,” the woman told officials. The man did not know how to swim, according to Patterson.

Mike Millgate and his family were boating nearby when they spotted the overturned kayak. They rushed to the area, wondering if someone was in trouble.

“As we got closer, it was for sure that they were drowning,” Millgate said.

He jumped in the water and swam to the woman.

“She was on her last limb. she had already bobbed a couple times,” he said.

He pulled her up to his boat while family members screamed at him to look into the water. Millgate said he didn’t know why his family was asking him to keep looking.

“I didn’t know there was a second,” he said.

Crews recovered the body of the husband a few hours later around 7 p.m. Wasatch…

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