HEBER CITY, Utah – Recovery crews, including helicopters, continued a massive search Friday for a former White Heath woman and her husband who disappeared after their fishing boat capsized Wednesday.
Weather had improved and allowed searchers to get their best opportunities so far this week, according to Chris Epperson, spokesman for the Wasatch County Search and Rescue crew.
"We have a sunny day," Epperson said. "We're putting everything we have in the water. Today is, by far, the best day we've had. We've got a storm front moving in , so we're trying to do everything we can."
Boats and helicopters searched the Strawberry Reservoir lake and shoreline for signs of Cathryn Springer Roundy, 23, and Steven Lloyd Roundy, 29, of Orem. The couple married a year and a half ago and their home is in Orem, Utah, between Salt Lake City and Provo.
They and two other men, Steven Roundy's brother, Kimball, and his friend, Michael New, had been fishing Wednesday at the reservoir in the Unita National Forest. Kimball Roundy and New swam to safety, but the missing couple is now presumed dead.
"We haven't found any evidence that indicates other than that, but of course we are trying to remain optimistic," Epperson said.
"We had hundreds of volunteers combing the area meticuously," Epperson said. "We had a helicopter with an infrared scope that is amazing."
So far, searchers have only found some debris from the boat and two life jackets on the east shore, he said. There has been no sign of the boat itself or the two missing people.
The survivors said none of the group had been wearing life jackets when the boat capsized. Kimball Roundy, Steven Roundy and Cathryn Springer Roundy all grabbed life jackets and New held a gas tank from the boat as a flotation device, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
The lake is about 25 miles southeast of Heber City and about 1 hours southeast of Salt Lake City, or about 45 minutes east of Provo.
Epperson said the search is based on where the couple was last seen, but searchers are looking at both sides of the lake.
"It's a pretty large area," Epperson said. "From one side of the lake to the other, we're looking at several miles in both directions."