Search continues for child presumed drowned at Lake Powell

Halls Crossing Marina Lake Powell
Halls Crossing Marina on Lake Powell, Halls Crossing, Utah, date unspecified | Photo by Scott Cramer / iStock / Getty Images Plus; St. George News

ST. GEORGE — An 18-month-old child is missing and presumed drowned after apparently falling overboard from a houseboat into Lake Powell.

The houseboat was tied to a stationary buoy at Hall’s Crossing Saturday night about 7:30 p.m., San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said in a news release.

The child was said to have been with the mother when the disappearance was reported to the National Park Service.

“The mother told authorities that she lost track of the child for just a few minutes while the family recreated on the houseboat,” the release said. “The mother and immediate family frantically searched the boat before suspecting the child had fallen into the water.”

Park Service rangers were called and responded within minutes, according to the news release. They were unable to locate the child on the houseboat then searched the water.

The child had not been wearing any type of life preserver, the release said.

Several Park Service boats with sonar capability searched the lake until about 10:30 p.m. when the search was called off with no success in locating the child.

The child is presumed to have fallen into the water and drowned, the release said.

The Sheriff’s Office, Park Service and Utah Department of Public Safety dive team resumed the search Sunday.

This is a developing story, based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Aerial view of Lake Powell showing Hall's Crossing. Undated | Photo courtesy of Google Earth, St. George News
Aerial view of Lake Powell showing Hall’s Crossing. Undated | Photo courtesy of Google Earth, St. George News



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