Craig man believed to have drowned at Flaming Gorge on Thursday
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.