Rescuers recover body of 18-month-old child from 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 — Officials Monday have recovered the body of an 18-month-old child who is presumed to have fallen overboard a houseboat at Lake Powell Saturday night and drowned.

The body of an 18-month-old child presumed to have drowned was recovered from 240-feet of water in Lake Powell, Sept. 12, 2016 | Photo courtesy of San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
The body of an 18-month-old child presumed to have drowned was recovered from 240-feet of water in Lake Powell, Sept. 12, 2016 | Photo courtesy of San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Just before 2 p.m. Monday, the body of Alleyah Janett Bell, of Orangeville, was recovered from the Hall’s Crossing buoy field, according to a statement issued by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

Following a two-day search, the Utah Department of Public Safety Dive Team located the child at approximately 1 p.m. in 240 feet of water using sonar equipment, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Summit County Search and Rescue deep water robot was used to recover her body because the depth was too deep for divers.

The little girl had fallen into the water from a houseboat that was tied to a stationary buoy at Hall’s Crossing Saturday night about 7:30 p.m., officials said.

“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.”

The child had not been wearing any type of life preserver, according to officials.

The child’s body was taken to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing but there is no evidence of foul play.

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

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  • anybody home September 12, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    For the love of God, can’t mothers put life preservers on small children on houseboats? Especially when the mothers are partying with others on the boat. This is the second small child lost in the last few weeks in almost exactly the same circumstances. Am I the only one upset by this?

    • RealMcCoy September 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      We need to permanently close Lake Powell to boaters and houseboats. It’s obvious that Lake Powell is the culprit for mass killings, especially of children.
      Remember the liberal logic- if we can save even ONE child, we owe it to ourselves to ban that which kills!

      • .... September 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

        I agree. ! let’s drain the lake and turn it into a golf course and low income housing and sell the water to California. !

        • RealMcCoy September 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

          See?!- A solution to the problem that saves lives AND makes someone rich at the same time!

  • ladybugavenger September 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I’m upset to AH. I know when I was a child my parents made sure I had a life jacket and I did the same for my children. I don’t understand why anyone would let a child go on a boat without one.

  • Kristi September 13, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Even as a child before it was maditory to put life preservers on my parents did and I would too if we ever went on a boat. We didn’t have that luxury tho. But in order for my kids to go near any water and they didn’t know how to swim they put a life jacket on. My youngest just stopped wearing one last yr when I felt she was a good enough swimmer. I’m N. Las Vegas you can’t swim in the 3′ deep at their Rec Center if you don’t know how to swim(and they test you). Here they say throw on the life jaket and you’re good (even one size doesn’t fit all)… Anyway point is kids should always wear a life jacket even if you have to listen to them complain!!! And I’m sure that mother thought it won’t happen there’s enough people to watch HER child…

  • beacon September 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I hate to be a broken record, but I too would like to know why anyone would all a child on a boat without a life preserver. Are the people who rent these boats not making it clear that it’s required or at least mentioning it? I would expect better from someone who actually owns a boat and should have gone through some safety training. So sad, and even sadder, so preventable!

  • ladybugavenger September 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Being rich, snobby and partying on a houseboat isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be. Got served some humble pie

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