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Man dies at Lake Powell after swimming in marina, officials say

By Lauren Bennett, | Posted - Aug. 19, 2019 at 5:56 p.m.

LAKE POWELL — A man died at Lake Powell Sunday after he jumped in the water and didn’t resurface, officials said Monday.

He is the third man to die at Lake Powell in the last week.

When National Park Service rangers arrived on the scene at Wahweap Marina near Page, Arizona, about 8 p.m., they found Jacob Jessop, 31, of Colorado City, Arizona, 20-30 feet deep in the water and entangled in wires and cables, park officials said in a news release.

Jessop reportedly jumped in the water near slip F-3, according to the news release. Swimming in marinas is dangerous and is banned according to the National Park Service website.

Recovery of Jessop’s body was postponed until daylight on Monday due to safety concerns, park officials said.

He was recovered from a depth of 249 feet at 10:53 a.m. by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Dive Team. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Coconino County Medical Examiner and transported to the Flagstaff Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, and Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Albert Shortman, 33, of Cow Springs, Arizona, was found dead of apparent drowning near Wahweap Swim Beach on Aug. 11, park officials said.

A 15-year-old boy died Friday also near Wahweap Swim Beach in an apparent drowning, according to officials.

Lauren Bennett

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