UPDATED JUNE 30, 2011
LAKE POWELL, AZ – Teenager Matthew Parker of Hurricane was thrown from a boat on Lake Powell July 28, suffering fatal injuries. The boat hit a rock outcropping, throwing the young man overboard.
National Park Service rangers from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area report, according to NPS News Release, that Parker was with his boy scout troop, on a night boating excursion to Antelope Island for dinner. (Antelope Island is an extension of a peninsula at Lake Powell which becomes an island during higher waters in the summertime, explained a representative with Glen Canyon National Park Service). The accident happened on the troop’s return boat trip to camp that night.
Another scout and an adult were also injured. According to the NPS, those two sustained injuries from the impact but were not thrown from the vessel. The second scout was flown out by Classic Lifeguard helicopter for medical attention. The adult was transported by ambulance to Page Hospital.
Reports indicate that Parker died of traumatic injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident is under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the NPS. And Glen Canyon NRA reminds all boaters that operating a vessel after dark can be very hazardous. Glen Canyon NRA does not recommend that visitors boat after sunset.
Funeral services for Matthew Parker are scheduled to be held on August 6 at 11 a.m. in the Hurricane 8th Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Friends of Parker have initiated an anti-bullying project in his honor. St. George News story on that project can be found here.
copyright St. George News 2011