Strong winds capsize boat at Lake Lowell

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 15:33:40-04

Strong winds in south Canyon County Sunday afternoon caused a boat to capsize on Lake Lowell, forcing seven people to be rescued.

About 4:40 p.m., the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responded to a report of the capsized boat near Gott’s Point. 

When deputies arrived, they found the boat fully capsized in the water. Witnesses said the winds caused five- to six-foot waves on the water’s surface.

The seven people aboard the boat were rescued by those in another boat in the area at the time. No injuries were reported.

In addition to the capsized boat, the strong winds from Sunday’s storm also caused two other incidents at Lake Lowell, involving another group of rafters and a single kayaker. By the time deputies arrived at those locations, though, the individuals had already made it safely to shore -- and no further action was needed. 

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to use caution and wear life jackets around waterways, especially as the temperatures heat up in the Valley or when windy conditions are expected.