Family in tragic Lake Powell boating accident from South Jordan

Jun 21 2013 - 1:40pm

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Section of Lake Powell near Dangling Rope Marina, looking southwest at sunrise.
Section of Lake Powell near Dangling Rope Marina, looking southwest at sunrise.

KANAB -- A 57-year-old woman from South Jordan was killed, two women in their 20s are missing and others are injured after a motorboat hit a houseboat and flipped on Lake Powell.

Authorities say 59-year-old Adrian Jackman was driving the boat when he apparently became distracted by his child passengers and crashed Thursday morning near Dangling Rope Marina in southern Utah.

His wife, Marilyn Jackman, was killed. His daughter, Jessica Jackman, and another woman, Valerie Rae Bradshaw, are missing. Divers are looking for them.

Authorities say most of the 13 people on the motorboat were family members. The driver, his 11-year-old granddaughter, and another person were taken to a hospital and released.

Nobody on the houseboat was injured.

It's not uncommon for boaters to venture out early in the morning on the smooth waters of Lake Powell, which is a popular houseboating destination, said Kane County sheriff's Sgt. Alan Alldredge.

The distracted boat driver apparently tried to swerve when he noticed the moving houseboat but hit the front corner and overturned his vessel.

All of the six children aboard were wearing life jackets, officials said. The motorboat driver and an 11-year-old girl were airlifted to a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz., while a third person was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Alldredge said a National Park Service dive team worked throughout the afternoon and early evening Thursday to search for the missing passengers and planned to resume the operation Friday. Water in the area is about 400 feet deep at the crash site, and crews may use a remote camera and sonar equipment to search the depths, he said.

 

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