Lake Powell Accident: 1 Woman Killed, 2 Missing After Utah Boat Crash

Friday, 21 Jun 2013 01:16 PM

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A 57-year-old woman died and two other women were missing after a Utah man apparently became distracted while boating on Lake Powell, hitting a houseboat and flipping his motorboat.

The man reportedly had 13 passengers on board, most of them family members, officials said. No one on the house boat was injured.

Crews planned to continue searching Friday for the women, ages 22 and 29, missing in the water since Thursday morning near Dangling Rope Marina in southern Utah, according to The Associated Press.

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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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