Man drowns in Lake Powell marina after getting entangled in cables

Lake Powell. Photo: National Park Service

PAGE, Arizona, Aug. 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — National Park Service rangers were dispatched to Lake Powell Resort’s main marina in the Wahweap District on Sunday night after receiving a report that a man had jumped into the water and had not resurfaced.

The call came in about 7:58 p.m., saying that the man had gone into the water near slip F-3.

Upon arrival, NPS Rangers located the victim, who appeared to be entangled in wires and cables at a depth of 20 to 30 feet.

The recovery effort was suspended until daylight Monday because of safety concerns.

The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Dive Team recovered the victim at 10:53 a.m. at a depth of 249 feet, according to a news release from NPS.

“Jacob Jessop, a 31-year-old male from Colorado City, Arizona was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Coconino County Medical Examiner and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff for an autopsy,” the news release states.

The incident is under investigation by the NPS, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The news release also cautions that swimming in the marinas is a dangerous activity and is prohibited.

This is the third recent drowning in the Wahweap District at Lake Powell.


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