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Contact: Maschelle Zia, 928-608-6207
At approximately 11:24 a.m. on July 25, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area dispatch received a call of a possible drowning in Lake Powell in Warm Creek Canyon. National Park Service rangers responded from Wahweap Marina, arrived on the scene at 11:36 a.m., and located the reporting party.
Witnesses relayed that the victim, a 47-year-old male from Cedar City, Utah, was attempting to retrieve a boat anchor in 10 feet of water approximately 30 feet from the shore. He was not wearing a life jacket and did not resurface after diving for the anchor. Family members dove into the water in attempts to rescue but were unsuccessful. During the initial response, National Park Service rangers retrieved the anchor line and discovered the victim entangled in the line. Rangers began resuscitation efforts which continued during transport to Wahweap Marina where assistance was provided by Page Fire Department, Utah State Parks and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was transferred by Page Fire Department ambulance to Page Hospital where he was declared deceased. The victim will be transported to the Coconino County coroner for autopsy.
The case is still under investigation and the victim's identity will not be disclosed until family members have been notified.