Two women are dead and more are injured after a boat crashed into another boat and flipped over on a lake in Utah on Thursday morning. Here’s what you need to know.
1. It Happened on Lake Powell in Utah
2. The Boat Collided With Another Boat
Adrian Jackman, 59, was driving a boat with his family, including six children and seven adults, on board around 8 a.m. when it crashed into a houseboat and flipped over, reports WTVR CBS 6. Officials reported that the water where the incident occurred was about 400 feet deep. Reports are saying that Jackman became distracted and lost control of the boat at the time of the crash.
3. Two People Were Killed
The driver’s 57-year-old wife, Marilyn Jackman, was killed in the incident along with his 29-year-old son’s girlfriend, Valerie Bradshaw. Jackman’s wife was already found dead at the scene, but rescuers did not find Bradshaw until Sunday evening, three days later. Rescuers recovered her body with a robot in about 340 feet of water and was transported to a medical investigator. Several other people aboard were injured in the incident, including Jackman’s 11-year-old granddaughter. No one on the houseboat was injured.
4. One is Still Missing
Jackman’s 22-year-old daughter, Jessica Jackman, is still missing as crews continued to search for her body on Monday.
5. Loved Ones of the Victims are in Shock
“It was Marilyn’s favorite place to be in the world. She talked about it all the time,” Kari Wahlquist, who has known the Jackmans for nearly 20 years, told Fox 13 about Lake Powell. “It was her heaven on Earth, so it’s kind of ironic that’s where the angels came to take her home.”
“I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock,” said neighbor Colleen West. “It’s a very wonderful family.”
“It’s been pretty hard to take, and I know there’s a lot of people that are really struggling and in shock over the whole thing,” said neighbor Rick Wahlquist. “It’s almost hard to put words to it. You wake up one morning and find out your neighbors are gone.”