Having worked in the safety business for over 30 years and having been on Lake
Powell in a houseboat and seeing the other recreational vehicles with speed
doing some dumb things in the channel and the requirements by the Coast Guard on
navigable waters, it is a very tenuous situation with winds and just the channel
and closeness with someone that is not paying attention, for even a short time.
Just as the Titanic should not have had a problem, when it did and at the
increased speed, it could not stop in a split second. Trains and boats with
heavy loads in controllability problems cannot stop. When you see a big
houseboat, that is a definite problem, even for a big motorboat unless it is a
Navy PT boat against a houseboat.
This is heartbreaking and our prayers go out to everyone involved. As a resident
here, we are saddened to hear about tragedy in such a beautiful area. We are
also boaters, and accidents can happen. A near miss happened with me when our
boat was new years ago when I didn't stand up to see over the passengers in
the bow. I nearly collided with an anchored boat that was fishing. In wide open
space, on a California lake. It happened so easily. A brother was video taping
us from another boat and when I saw how close it was, it changed my driving
habits permanently. If one of my passengers hadn't pointed at the anchored
boat, we would have ran into it at high speed.Modern boats have
larger passenger capacity ratings these days more than ever before. They are
cabable and stable. This tragedy has brought life changing grief to these good
folks and nothing else is worse. Our prayers go out to the families and their
loved ones and we are so very, very sorry.
I went to Lake Powell three times just last year. I have not had any near
misses or accidents.I'm sure there are incidents but I'm
not sure that it is statistically (not anecdotally) much different than other
lakes that have similar users.What, suddenly because people show up
there at Powell they suddenly are worse drivers?Lakes are difficult
because there is not as much structure as there is with roads. Its not like
there is lanes or lines for people to follow. People drive on roads all the
time. Many boaters are not frequent boaters so there will be less expertise
naturally.Unfortunate accident for this family. Sorry for your
I own a houseboat and high performance boat and usually go to Lake Powell twice
a year. It is one of the most, make that the most dangerous recreational water
spot I go to. It is even more dangerous than Lake Havasu. I see accidents and
very near misses routinely there. Boating rules are seldom enforced and they
should be with substantial fines!
@JWBSo did you teleport down to Powell for your investigation to
determine the boat was overloaded and did not have enough life preservers?
There are plenty of boats with seating for 13 and storage for 20 plus life
jackets.Budget cuts? Tell that to the govt. The IRS is paying out
70 million in bonuses for their stellar work so undoubtedly more govt workers
supervising our every movement would undoubtedly save every one of us from
ourselves.Many deaths are "preventable". Lets hire millions
of govt workers to stand outside our homes and tell us what we can and can not
do. Why even leave the house? That could prevent some deaths as well.Wow. Get a grip. Unfortunately accidents happen. Everyone is free to choose
how they live fortunately, but it seems like if it were left up to you maybe
that would not be the case.
Ah, it's the budget cuts! Nice how someone brought that into the story.
Budget cuts certainly aren't preventing the prez to go on a $60M trip to
Africa.Now back to the story....sad and tragic ending to a fun day
at Lake Powell.
@JWB stop pontificating. You weren't there and have no idea what happened.
Budget cuts cause an accident? @Generousjen had the best comment. Stop
speculating and pray for this family. Accidents happen.
If the boat was overloaded, then there probably wasn't enough room for life
preservers either. If the boat was overloaded, then handling the boat while
driving could have been a factor in a channel with water flow of houseboats
compared to a motorboat. That is another impact of budget cutting with not as
much enforcement of the various agencies at a National Park type of area. Utah
and Arizona want the tourists in counties that don't have much else for
business but sacrifice on servicing those that need help. Lake
Powell has had some deaths that could have been preventable. Parks have risks
but they can be more manageable with better supervision on such an immense
property and so much acreage without another person. This is like traffic in
Salt Lake with big trucks operating or even parking and cars going 60 MPH in
downtown. Even police on bikes can help control traffic but motorboats have
potential of speed plus center of gravity problems with overloading and waves
from over traffic. It is like going 60 MPH in SLC on an icy and very windy day.
Getting caught in quicksand is not fun but the hike is beautiful.
I would respectfully ask that people not speculate on this accident. These good
people are our neighbors and Bishop. They are experienced Boaters. Accidents
happen. Pray for those involved.
“This time of year, the lake can get busy and these kinds of accidents,
even though they’re not rare, they do have a great potential for happening
out there,” Alldredge said.If accidents on the lake lake are
not rare, then are they frequent?
What a tragedy and did not have to happen. Why would they put more people in
there than there are seats? Why take chances with precious lives for a moment of
fun? I don't understand the carelessness especially when there are children
involved. So sad. I hope they find those two young women.
So sad. Very sorry for your loss!
This statement makes no sense to me:“This time of year, the lake can
get busy and these kinds of accidents, even though they’re not rare, they
do have a great potential for happening out there."