West Valley mother talks about son who drowned in Pineview Reservoir

WEST VALLEY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - He was only several feet from the beach, but somehow something went wrong and 26-year-old Tommy Laliemthavixay drowned in Pineview Reservoir Sunday.
WEST VALLEY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - He was only several feet from the beach, but somehow something went wrong and 26-year-old Tommy Laliemthavixay drowned in Pineview Reservoir Sunday.

"He's a very outgoing kid, happy, a lot of friends and family,” explained Tommy’s mother Noy Laliemthavixay.

Tommy’s life was cut short Sunday when he went under the water at Pineview Reservoir and didn’t resurface. His family visits the reservoir several times a year, but this time he was there with some acquaintances.

Laliemthavixay said, "We go to that lake every year for picnic; in July, for Memorial Day and he swam that same spot years and year over. That’s probably why he swam out. He thinks its okay that he does it every year."

This time something went wrong.

"He must have had some problem or something,” said Laliemthavixay. “I don't know he just scream out for help."

Someone did come to his rescue, or at least tried, but couldn't pull Tommy up from under the water.

Laliemthavixay explained, "He couldn't lift him up so let him go and tried to go get help, by the time he came back he said he was flushed away already...couldn't find him."

Only two days since his passing, and Laliemthavixay says it still doesn't seem real.

"I just came back from seeing him. It’s still not real. It looks like he's sleeping."

Laliemthavixay says it's that angelic face that reassures her that her son died a painless death and is now at peace.

A funeral will be held at Jenkins in South Jordan at noon. His viewing will start at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome.
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