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Rescuers rush to lake but family found safe

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Utah County's search-and-rescue team rushed to Utah Lake Monday after a woman called emergency workers with the news her husband and four children had not returned from an outing on a raft.

But before the first watercrafts could leave a Provo harbor, police were called with a different news item from the family: All were safe at home in Saratoga Springs.

Roland Amendola and his children, 16, 15, 12 and 9, planned to leave from Pelican Point, row cross Utah Lake and meet Misty Amendola at the boat harbor in Lindon at 6 p.m. About halfway across the lake, the family got cold and turned back. Two hours later, when they didn't show up at the harbor, a worried Misty Amendola called police.

Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said: "We had more than 20 volunteers respond. They were more disappointed that they didn't actually get to go out on the water, but we're relieved that they're safe."

Cannon also said the Amendolas did not have life jackets.