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A fifteen year-old Boy Scout from Hurricane, UT was killed in a boating accident on Lake Powell Thursday night. Another scout and an adult were injured. According to National Park Service (NPS) rangers from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA), a group of scouts and adults were riding in a boat back to camp after dinner on Antelope Island. The vessel, operating after dark, apparently struck a rock outcropping, throwing the fifteen year-old out of the boat, fatally injuring him. The other two individuals sustained injuries from the impact but were not thrown from the vessel. The second scout was flown out by Classic Lifeguard helicopter for medical attention. The adult was transported by ambulance to Page Hospital. The accident is under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the NPS.
The park reminds all boaters that operating a vessel after dark can be very hazardous. Glen Canyon NRA does not recommend that visitors boat after sunset.