Accident • A motorboat collided with a houseboat near Dangling Rope Marina, officials reported.
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Dive teams were searching the depths of Lake Powell Friday for two women missing after a fatal boat crash.
The driver of a motorboat may have been distracted by children onboard when the boat was moving toward a houseboat about 8:15 a.m. Thursday near the Dangling Rope Marina, Kane County Sheriff's Sgt. Alan Alldredge wrote in a press release.
The motorboat driver veered at the last minute but still struck the front corner of the houseboat, Alldredge wrote. The motorboat overturned with 13 people on board, including seven adults and six children, who were on a family trip from the Salt Lake City area.
A 57-year-old woman on the motor boat died, and two other women, 22 and 29, were missing in the water.
Other individuals on the motorboat suffered minor injuries.
The male driver and an 11-year-old-girl were flown to a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz., where they were expected to survive. Another person was transported by boat and then by ambulance to the Page, Ariz. hospital.
All of the children were wearing life jackets. No one on the houseboat was injured.
The sheriff's office was withholding the victims' names pending family notification. Most of the people on the motorboat were members of the same family, Alldredge wrote.
The National Park Service, Utah State Parks and Kane County Sheriff's Office were working to find the missing victims and to investigate the accident. A National Park Service dive team planned to continue searching the crash scene Friday morning with remote camera and sonar equipment.
The water is about 400 feet deep at the crash site, Alldredge wrote.