Green River Man Falls through Ice, Dies at Flaming Gorge

fatal-300A Green River man lost his life Monday when he went through the ice on Flaming Gorge. According to a press release, the body of 61-year old John Henderson was recovered Tuesday morning by emergency responders from the Sweetwater Dive Team and the Green River Fire Department Ice Rescue Team. Officials said that two Green River men were in the Lost Dog area along the west bank of Flaming Gorge, about 13 miles south of Green River, working to retrieve a four-wheeler that had previously broken through the ice. The two reported to deputies that they were using a chain saw to cut into the ice and when they shut it off, heard Henderson, who had been ice fishing alone, calling for help. Henderson had fallen through the ice. After locating and trying unsuccessfully to rescue him with a rope and a canoe, the men hiked up to an altitude where they could get a cell phone signal and contacted authorities. The authorities also were unable to find Henderson. Members of the all-volunteer Sweetwater Dive Team assembled at the scene for a recovery operation Tuesday morning. Henderson’s body was found about 100 yards from the west bank in approximately 38 feet of water. Foul play is not suspected, and the cause of death has been determined as hypothermia and drowning. Officials pointed out that the unseasonably warm temperatures of late likely contributed to unsafe ice conditions on the lake.

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