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Cliff jumping accident at Lake Powell, man missing in 150 feet of water
On the afternoon of October 9, 2015, National Park Service Glen Canyon Dispatch received a report of a cliff jumping accident in the Coconino County portion of Face Canyon on Lake Powell.
William “Billy” Burke, 29, of Jackson, Wyoming, was reportedly attempting a cliff jump. Witnesses stated that after entering the water, he did not resurface.
Bystanders immediately searched, but were unable to locate him. The National Park Service, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Utah State Parks responded to the scene and searched the area.
The National Park Service and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office continue to search rugged terrain in water more than 150 feet deep using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Search efforts are focused around the area where friends observed Burke enter the water after attempting a cliff jump of approximately 90 feet. The interagency search team includes fesselx, a dive team, ROV specialists and law enforcement.
The incident is currently under investigation by the National Park Service and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.