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Contact: Sheriff Rick Eldredge, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, (435) 587-2237
Contact: Pam Rice, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 928-608-6207
At approximately 9:00 P.M. on May 16, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a call of a possible drowning in Lake Powell near Cedar Canyon. National Park Service Rangers along with Utah State Parks Officer responded from Bullfrog and located the reporting party in Cedar Canyon. Rangers confirmed that Jimmie D. Randall, an 81-year-old male, had drowned attempting to secure a vessel to a houseboat. The male victim was not wearing a life jacket at the time he fell into the water. His fishing partner dove into the water in an attempt to rescue but was unsuccessful.
On May 17, National Park Services Rangers, Utah State Parks Officer and San Juan Sheriff Deputy conducted a dive operation and located the body in 44 feet of water at approximately 46 feet from the shore. The victim was transferred over to San Juan County Sheriff Department and will be transported to Salt Lake City for autopsy. The case is still under investigation.