Body of Missing Swimmer Recovered
The body of 26 year-old drowning victim Colby Roman was recovered from Lake Powell on June 20 by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Underwater Recovery Unit. The victim was located at a depth of over 260 feet using a Remote Operated Vehicle equipped with sonar and video. The 26-day search covered approximately two square miles in Warm Creek Bay and included assistance from Utah Highway Patrol Dive Team, Kane County Sheriff's Office, Ralston and Associates, and Great Basin Canine Search and Rescue. "We appreciate the hard work and effort of everyone who helped with this recovery. The days were long and hot, but all of the responders were working to help the family," said Superintendent Todd Brindle.
Colby Roman of Scottsdale, AZ was reported missing on Friday, May 25 after he and a friend decided to go for a swim while their houseboat drifted. The high winds pushed the boat away from the swimmers and one of them began to call for help. Mr. Roman attempted to swim to the aid of his friend. The remaining three people on the boat were able to save the first swimmer, but Roman slipped beneath the waves and could not be located. A joint investigation of the incident by Kane County Sheriff's Office and the National Park Service continues.
As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, the National Park Service asks all boaters to be extra vigilant around the water. Check weather forecasts, limit alcohol consumption, and make sure that lifejackets are the appropriate size. Staying safe is everyone's responsibility.
Did You Know?
Where's your buddy? Lake Powell has no lifeguards on duty anywhere. Swim at your own risk and always with a partner.