Utah County Men Survive Night On Utah Lake; Search Underway For Missing Dog

Nov 6, 2019, 10:33 PM | Updated: Nov 7, 2019, 9:24 am

PROVO, Utah — Two Utah County men are lucky to be alive after a frightening night on Utah Lake late last month. The men nearly lost their lives when their boat overturned on Saturday, Oct. 26. They escaped with their lives — but still experienced a heartbreaking loss.

“All day long there was not a breath of wind,” Kevin Moreau said of Saturday. “It was really like a mirror. The wind started to blow a little and we decided it was time to go and when he turned that corner, the wind hit us like a freight train.”

Moreau, his neighbor, and his beloved dog, Gus, rode out the swells as they attempted to head for shore.

“We were halfway up a wave and we went sideways and the wave rolled over us and filled the whole boat in a second,” Moreau said.

For 90 minutes, they all held on.

“We said a prayer and the entire time I was at complete calm and complete peace,” Moreau said. “I told the 911 operator that if they don’t find us before dark then they never will.”

A rescue boat finally arrived at their vessel, which was submerged by that point.

“I turned around and asked where my dog was,” Moreau remembered. “I wasn’t going to leave without my dog.”

It was too late, and Gus was nowhere to be found.

“I’m just devastated,” he said.

Moreau has been out every day since looking for him.

“My gut kind of tells me that he’s gone, but I do still have some hope.”

Part of that hope comes from the outpouring of support he’s received – complete strangers have been helping in the search for Gus along the banks of Utah Lake.

“I want to thank all the guys of the Utah Waterfowl Associations,” Moreau said, with tears in his eyes. “There are just hundreds of people reaching out.”

Moreau said he lost more than $30,000 in equipment in the ordeal, but the money isn’t what hurts the most.

“I just really love and miss my dog,” he said.

Now, he wants to get the word out about just how dangerous the lake can be.

“You really need to watch the weather and you really need your safety gear with you,” he said. “You have to be prepared.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Candice Madsen

GM for Tabernacle Choir Retires after 21 Years

“For 21 years I’ve been part of the magic and I still pinch myself,” Scott Barrick said.
21 hours ago
Ladd Egan

‘Ball of fire’: Utah man severely burned during backyard accident with gasoline

A Utah man suffered severe burns to his hands and face while trying to start a fire in his backyard fire pit.
21 hours ago
Taylor Goodridge...
Tyler Kingkade, NBC News

Utah boarding school ignored teen’s sickness complaints before she died, ex-staff say

A Native American teenager who died while attending a Utah boarding school for at-risk youth had been sick in the weeks beforehand, but staff had been trained to assume students would lie about being ill and did not try to bring her to the hospital until the day she died, former staff members said in interviews. 
21 hours ago
police cars lined up by school...
Mike Anderson

Parents rushed to Taylorsville High School after shots fired in parking lot

Parents rushed to Taylorsville High School after shots were fired in the parking lot, despite alerts asking them to stay away from the area.
21 hours ago
Rio Grande Train Station (KSL TV FILE)...
Katija Stjepovic

New plan aims to re-establish Rio Grande as transportation hub

Plans to revitalize the Rio Grande Train Station in Salt Lake City could reunite east and west sides of the city while making Frontrunner more accessible.
21 hours ago
Scott Hoover skijoring champion...
Jed Boal

Unique cowboy and skiing sport on display in Heber City

If you’re looking for a wild, action-packed event for your family this weekend that combines Utah’s cowboy culture and its ski culture, head up to Heber City. 
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Utah County Men Survive Night On Utah Lake; Search Underway For Missing Dog