LAKE POWELL – The body of Jessica Jackman, 22, of South Jordan, the second person reported missing in connection with last week’s fatal boating accident, was located and retrieved at Lake Powell Tuesday.
Sgt. Alan Alldredge of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that Jackman’s body was found at 11:40 a.m., in 350 feet of water and 23 feet away from the general area where the body of Valerie Bradshaw, 29, of Sandy was located Sunday evening.
Alldredge said the Summit County Sheriff’s Office dive team was requested Monday and joined the search for Jackman Tuesday morning. The dive team has a robotic dive unit similar to the one used by Lake Powell dive team which is currently waiting on repairs.
In a joint effort between the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol dive team, Summit County Search and Rescue, and the Lake Powell dive team, Jackman’s body was located fairly quickly. The body will be transferred to the Kane County Medical Examiner who will continue the investigation.
Last week’s boating accident also claimed the life of Marilyn Jackman, 57, of South Jordan. Three others also sustained minor injuries, including Marilyn Jackman’s husband, Adrian Jackman, 59.
As the investigation continues, Alldredge said that it still appears that the motorboat driver, Adrian Jackman, became distracted by some of the children on the boat as he was traveling about 150 feet towards the houseboat. Although someone yelled ‘boat,’ he hit the front corner of the houseboat, causing the motorboat to flip over. Thirteen people were on the motorboat when it flipped. No one on the houseboat was injured.
The Jackman boat involved was a 23 foot Crownline Phantom 230. Alldredge said that the State Park Service is in possession of the boat, which is reported to have a hole in the side of it and may be totaled.
The houseboat that the Jackmans’ Crownline hit was a Lake Powell rental. It incurred “no real damage,” Alldredge said, “maybe a little bent railing on the front . If you didn’t know it’d been in a wreck you wouldn’t know it – you’d think it hit a sandbar.”
Alldredge also said there was another possible drowning incident, not related to the boating accident, involving a 61-year-old man that occurred on Monday at 1 p.m. at Lake Powell near the entrance to Warm Creek Bay at buoy no. 12. The man involved in the incident is still missing.
He said crews will now concentrate their efforts on locating the missing man.
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
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