1 killed, 2 others presumed dead in Lake Powell boating accident

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 21, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    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.

  • b&b guy big water, UT
    June 21, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    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.

  • H2OSKI Alpine, UT
    June 21, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    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 loss.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    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!

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:55 a.m.


    So 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.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    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.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    @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.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    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.

  • Generousjen Herriman, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    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.

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    June 21, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    “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?

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    June 21, 2013 6:24 a.m.

    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.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 20, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    So sad. Very sorry for your loss!

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    June 20, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    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."