4-Year-Old Drowns in Lake Powell

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Date: August 4, 2009

A four-year-old boy has lost his life in a drowning incident on Lake Powell.

On Monday, August 3 at 6:45 p.m. (MDT) park dispatch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a 911 call from a houseboat in Warm Creek Bay on Lake Powell. The caller stated that a four-year-old boy with the group had just been retrieved from shallow water and was unresponsive.

A nurse on the houseboat immediately started CPR. Park rangers and a helicopter from Classic Lifeguard were on scene within 18 minutes of the 911 call and continued lifesaving efforts. The child was transported by helicopter to Page Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The child had been playing on the beach with other children from the houseboat. He was not wearing a life jacket, and had been left unattended only for several minutes. It is unclear how he ended up in the water.

Glen Canyon continues to encourage park visitors to wear lifejackets and be aware of their surroundings when boating and playing on Lake Powell.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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