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The body of 58 year-old drowning victim John Borden was recovered from Lake Powell on October 10 by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Underwater Recovery Unit. The victim was located at a depth of over 100 feet using a Remote Operated Vehicle equipped with sonar and video. The 16-day search occurred in Padre Canyon and included assistance from Utah Highway Patrol Dive Team, US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Kane County Sheriff's Office. "It's always difficult when the searches last so long. The entire team was focused on helping the family." said Superintendent Todd Brindle.
On Monday, September 24 at approximately 7:00 pm, a 911 call was received reporting a missing person in Padre Canyon. During a localized windstorm with high wind and waves, a houseboat was pushed off shore and began to drift. John Borden from Scottsdale used a jet ski to seek help from a nearby houseboat. He picked up another person to go to the assistance of the drifting boat. Neither person on the jet ski was wearing a lifejacket or the kill-switch lanyard. As they were motoring toward the distressed houseboat, the jet ski lanyard fell off and activated the engine kill switch. Mr. Borden jumped into the water to retrieve the lanyard and in the meantime the passenger was able to restart the jet ski and motored to the distressed houseboat. When members of the group were informed that there was still a person in the water, they attempted rescue but were unable to locate the missing man.
Please remember: lifejackets save lives.