Lake Powell Arizona - Storm Swamps Thirteen Boats on Lake Powell

Storm Scuttles Thirteen Boats on Lake Powell


Glen Canyon News Release

Page, AZ Thirteen vessels, including a houseboat, were swamped during a brief but intense storm that struck Lake Powell on the afternoon of Saturday, June 22. No injuries were reported.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., National Park Service dispatch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area broadcast a weather alert over the marine narrowband radio channel advising all vessels on Lake Powell to take cover. No weather warnings were received from the National Weather Service; however, alert dispatch operators recognized the impending storm from their broadcast location in Page, Arizona, and issued the alert to all boaters.

The storm struck the lower end of Lake Powell, accompanied by winds gusting to 54 mph and waves reaching 6- to 7-feet high in Wahweap and Padre Bays. Three NPS and one Utah State Park patrol boats responded to distress calls from sixteen separate parties. No injuries were reported.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
691 Scenic View Dr.
PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040-1507
CONTACT: Brian Sweatland
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
August 25, 2009 09-30 9

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