Officials ID man missing, presumed dead after jumping into Lake Powell

Lake Powell. File photo: National Park Service

BULLFROG, Utah, Sept. 25, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have identified a man who jumped off a houseboat into Lake Powell, did not resurface, and is presumed dead.

The man, who was not wearing a life jacket, was 41-year-old Daniel Patrick McGuckin, from Avon, Colo., according to information released by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and officials from the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The incident was reported to law enforcement officials at 1:55 p.m. Saturday, the KCSO statement says.

“A person had gone overboard and they had been unable to locate the party for 25 minutes,” it says. “The National Park Service responded with four vessels from Halls Crossing, Bullfrog and Dangling Rope. Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Utah State Parks also responded and assisted at the scene.

“A hasty search effort was conducted by vessel and the NPS Remote Operated Vessel dive boat and the missing party was not located.”

The incident happened at buoy marker 78 North on Lake Powell, which is about 15 miles south of Bullfrog, by Iceberg Canyon.

“His (McGuckin’s) party reported that a group of nine friends was on a houseboat traveling to Bullfrog from the Escalante arm of Lake Powell and Mr. McGuckin seemed to decide to jump off the port side of the houseboat,” the statement says.

“Recovery operations are continuing by the NPS ROV dive boat and the Utah State Highway Patrol’s Dive Team. The incident is under investigation by the NPS, Utah State Parks and Kane County Sheriff’s Office.”



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