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GREAT S.L. SEARCHED AFTER MAYDAY RADIO CALL

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Private and state boats, a medical helicopter and private planes spent much of the night looking for a boat that may have sunk on the Great Salt Lake Saturday night just before dark.

A boat cruising on the lake received a mayday call over its radio at 8:51 p.m., said Mervin Quirin, senior dispatcher for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department. But when people on the boat responded to the call, asking the distressed boat for its location, there was only silence.The mayday call was promptly reported to the state park rangers, who contacted the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department, Quirin said.

"We have several officers at the lake right now with the possibility of setting up a command post. We have a Lifeflight helicopter airborne. We have also notified Radar Approach at the Salt Lake International Airport," Quirin said.

Traffic controllers asked flights that flew over the lake during approach or departure to look for "any distress in the lake," Quirin said.

Officials think the call may have come from an area three miles out from the marina. "At this time, it appears to be pretty close to the shore," Quirin said. "But right now, we're combating the darkness."