Crews search this morning for Chad Running, 35, of Craig, at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah. Running is believed to have drowned in the reservoir at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Courtesy of the Daggett County Sheriff's Office

Crews search this morning for Chad Running, 35, of Craig, at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah. Running is believed to have drowned in the reservoir at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Craig man believed to have drowned at Flaming Gorge on Thursday

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Chad Running

A Craig man is presumed to have drowned Thursday at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah.

The body of Chad Running, 35, was found at 3 p.m. Friday at Jug Hollow, the Daggett County Sheriff’s Office reported. Searchers found the body approximately 12 feet under water, near the location where he was last seen.

Running was swimming near a boat in the reservoir with a friend shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday when wind picked up and the boat drifted away, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Running was wearing a life jacket but the friend was not.

While attempting to retrieve the boat, Running gave the life jacket to his friend, according to the release. Shortly after the exchange the friend reportedly witnessed Running go under the water and never resurface, according to the release.

Running was reported to have been under water for about 15 minutes when the sheriff’s office was notified.

The Uintah County Utah dive team arrived at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the release. The dive team searched the waters until 10:30 p.m. before resuming the search Friday.

Information on whether alcohol or drugs were suspected factors in the incident was not available Friday.

Running and his wife, Lynnette, have two children.

He owns Northwest Weed Management.

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Comments

lonelyone 3 years, 3 months ago

for Chad's family, I will be praying for a miracle.....

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grannyrett 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm so sorry. Words just fail me. Chad and his family are in my prayers.

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Marilynn Hill 3 years, 3 months ago

I am so very sorry. This is a terrible, terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to the entire Running family; may they be comforted with love in this time of great sorrow.

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Jessica 3 years, 3 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the Running/Kroese family. So sorry for your tragedy, my heart is heavy with sorrow and I am at a loss for words.

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BlancheDevereaux 3 years, 3 months ago

So very saddening.

I have heard that the waves on this lake can get quite bad when the wind picks up.

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JDR1980 3 years, 3 months ago

This man sounds like a hero to me by possibly saving his friend from this tragic event. God bless everyone effected by this.

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