Man presumed dead after jumping off houseboat on Lake Powell


KANE COUNTY (News4Utah) – A Colorado man is believed to be dead after he jumped off a houseboat on Lake Powell Saturday.

Daniel Patrick McGukin, 41, of Avon, was with a group of friends on a houseboat traveling from Bullfrog from the Escalante arm of Lake Powell.

McGuckin reportedly jumped off the houseboat. He was not wearing a life jacket. After his friends were unable to find him for 25 minutes, they called for help.

The National Park Service, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, and Utah State Parks crews responded to the scene. A search was conducted by boat and “remote operated vessel” ROV dive boat, but the McGukn was not found.

Officials said Tuesday he is now presumed to be dead.  Recovery operations are continuing by the NPS ROV dive boat and the Utah State Highway Patrol’s Dive Team. The incident is under investigation by the NPS, Utah State Parks and Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

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