Arizona teen drowns at Lake Powell while on school field trip

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Photo: National Park Service

LAKE POWELL, Utah/Arizona, Aug. 16, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The body of a 15-year-old boy from Page, Arizona, was recovered from Lake Powell on Friday afternoon after he was reported missing during a school field trip.

According to a joint news release from the Kane County (Utah) Sheriff’s Office and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a call was received by the National Park Service Dispatch at about 12:30 p.m., reporting a missing person and presumed drowning at Swim Beach on Lake Powell.

The Glen Canyon NRA Dive Team recovered the teen’s body a short time later. The teen was at Swim Beach with a group from Page High School, according to the news release.

Swim Beach is in the Wahweap District of Glen Canyon NRA near Page, at the Utah/Arizona state line.

NPS Rangers, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Dive Team, Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the search and recovery effort.

“The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Kane County Medical Investigator and transported to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City for an autopsy,” the news release states.

The boy’s name has not been released yet out of concern for the family’s privacy at this time.

The incident is under investigation by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service, and the Kane County Medical Investigator.

The body of a 33-year-old man from Arizona was recovered on Sunday, Aug. 11, after he apparently drowned in the same area.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information is made available.


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