SOUTH WILLARD - A search and rescue mission in the Willard Bay Reservoir came to a tragic end Saturday after crews found the body of a jet skier.
At about 4:45 p.m. search crews found the body of 32-year-old Brigham Bradley, Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said.
Bradley was jet skiing with friends Friday afternoon in the Willard Bay area and was last seen around 2 p.m. after one of their jet skis broke down out in the lake. He volunteered to stay with the vehicle while the others went to go get help.
When they returned about 10 minutes later with a cable to tow it back, Bradley was nowhere to be seen.
Although the state Parks Division led the search effort, the search for Bradley was a personal one for the Weber County sheriff's office because Bradley was a staff member of the county jail as an emergency medical technician. His duties included providing medical care and security for nurses.
"He's well known and liked by people in the office," Weber Deputy Chief Klint Anderson said earlier. "He even has a good rapport with the inmates, which isn't easy."
Bradley also was a volunteer firefighter in Syracuse.
"That's just the kind of guy he is. He never liked being in the spotlight," his brother Jared Bradley said of his public service record. "He's a strong kid."
While he was a well-known name in the sheriff's office, Anderson said the search was typical of any situation and was given no special priority.
"We pull out all the stops if anyone was out there," he said.
Bradley's family was gathered at the marina to wait and assist in any way they could. He was the middle child of five siblings. Even friends from college had showed up in support, Anderson said.
Crews don't know how Bradley could have gotten separated from the jet ski. He was not wearing a life jacket. He wasn't known to have any medical conditions and was a strong swimmer, Jared Bradley said.
There was no obvious cause of death, and the incident is being investigated by the State Parks Division.