Lake Powell Accident: Tragic Utah Boat Crash Leaves One Woman Dead, Divers Desperately Search For Two Missing Others [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on June 21, 2013 4:25 PM EDT

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Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River that straddles the border between Utah and Arizona. On Thursday, a Lake Powell accident, which left one mother dead, sent divers into rescue mode as they comb the deep waters for two missing women. (Photo: Reuters)

A Lake Powell accident on Thursday has divers desperate to find two missing women, both in their 20s, who were thrown overboard after a motorboat collided with a houseboat. The traffic Utah boat crash killed one woman, a mother, and the wife of the man steering the boat.

UPI reports that on Thursday, a motorboat carrying 13 passengers - six adults and seven children -- crashed into a houseboat, sending some of the passengers overboard into the drink. One woman was killed, two are missing, and others were airlifted to the hospital with injuries.

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Witnesses reported the crash, which happened in a narrow channel of water about 200 yards wide, to Kane County Sheriff's Sgt. Alan Alldredge said National Park Service dispatchers at Wahweap Marina at around 8:15 a.m.

According to AP, the victim of the Lake Powell accident was a 57-year-old woman from South Jordan, Utah. Her name was Marilyn Jackman, and she was the wife of the boat's driver, 59-year-old Adrian Jackman. Most of the people on the boat were family members, including the 11-year-old granddaughter of the driver. All the children were, luckily, wearing life vests.

The two missing women are presumed to be dead. A dive team worked through the afternoon and into the evening Thursday, looking for the two women, both in their 20s. Their search continued Friday, using sonar equipment and remote cameras.

The Salt Lake Tribune later identified the two missing women as 22-year-old Jessica Jackman, the daughter of Marilyn and Adrian Jackman, and 29-year-old Valerie Rae Bradshaw.

No one was hurt on the houseboat, according to reports.

Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River that straddles the border between Utah and Arizona. Over 2 million people visit the lake, a population vacation destination, every year. The lakebed reaches depths of up to 560 feet deep; its waters are 400 feet deep at the site of the Lake Powell accident.  

With heavy boating traffic on Lake Powell, are not uncommon. In 2011, another boating excursion turned deadly when one teen was thrown from a boat and suffered fatal injuries. The St. George Utah reports that teenager Matthew Parker's boat hit a rock outcropping while he and fellow boat mates were returning to camp after dark. Reports indicated that Parker died of traumatic injuries. Authorities pronounced him dead at the scene.

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