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Lake Powell drowning victim located … nine months later
On June 26, 2019, a search crew located the body of Daniel Patrick McGuckin in Lake Powell.
McGuckin had been missing and presumed dead since he reportedly jumped from a houseboat near buoy marker 78 on September 22, 2018. A multi-day coordinated search took place, but search teams were unable to locate him at that time.
After being contacted by McGuckin’s family, and in coordination with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Gene and Sandy Ralston from Idaho were able to locate McGuckin in record time. The Ralstons are experts in underwater search and rescue. Their boat, named the “Kathy G” after a drowning victim they located in Alaska, is equipped with side scan sonar and an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The Ralstons are credited with numerous recoveries in their career, bringing much needed closure to families across North America.
Using GPS data from the houseboat McGuckin was riding on when he disappeared, the Ralstons were able to locate his body in a matter of minutes. He was located north of buoy 79 at a depth of 322 feet. McGuckin’s body was brought to the surface using the Ralston’s ROV and recovered by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Utah Department of Public Safety dive team.
McGuckin’s body was transported to the Utah State Medical Examiners Office for further investigation.
Below is the press release from Sept. 22, 2018.
Man goes overboard from houseboat by Iceberg Canyon, presumed dead
At approximately 1:55 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, September 22, 2018, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Dispatch received a Marine 16 distress call that a person had gone overboard and they had been unable to locate the party for 25 minutes.
The National Park Service responded with four vessels from Halls Crossing, Bullfrog and Dangling Rope. Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Utah State Parks also responded and assisted at the scene. A hasty search effort was conducted by vessel and the NPS Remote Operated Vessel (ROV) dive boat, but the missing party was not located.
The incident occurred at buoy marker 78 North on Lake Powell, located approximately 15 miles south of Bullfrog by Iceberg Canyon in Kane County, Utah. The missing party is now presumed deceased and has been identified as 41-year-old Daniel Patrick McGuckin from Avon, Colorado. His party reported that a group of nine friends was on a houseboat traveling to Bullfrog from the Escalante arm of Lake Powell and McGuckin seemed to decide to jump off the port side of the houseboat. He was not wearing a life jacket.
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.