Name of Teenager Whose Body Was Recovered From Otter Creek Reservoir ReleasedOTTER CREEK, UTAH – June 11, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Police have identified the 19-year-old who drowned at Otter Creek Reservoir as an employee at Bryce Canyon National Park.
According to Utah State Parks Lt. Regan Wilson, Jommel Muhi, a foreign exchange student from the Philippines, was with his brother swimming when his legs cramped up and he was unable to make it back to shore before drowning. “We originally thought that the bad weather may have played a factor but we have since learned that the weather only turned bad during the rescue operation,” said Wilson.
The Wasatch County Search and Rescue dive crews just happened to be training at Fish Lake when the call for help came through Saturday .”They were able to go over and assist the Piute Search and Rescue to recover the man’s body quickly,” Wilson said.
Neither men were wearing a life jacket.
Wilson suggests going to the State Parks and Recreation website to check the weather and water temperatures for all the state parks before you head out for the day. The site also offers information on boating laws as well as online classes for boating education.
“Eighty percent of those wearing life jackets usually make it out of the water safely and while I understand that is not always the case, when this gentleman’s legs started to cramp the life jacket would have kept him afloat,” said Wilson.