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62-year-old Texas man 4th person to die at Lake Powell in August

62-year-old Texas man 4th person to die at Lake Powell in August

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LAKE POWELL — A 62-year-old man from Texas became the fourth person to die at Lake Powell this month.

David John, of Greenville, Texas, died of a "presumed drowning" Thursday in Ice Cream Canyon, across from Lone Rock Beach in the Wahweap District of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a news release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office reports.

The National Park Service received a call about 4:30 p.m. from visitors on a houseboat who said they had watched as another nearby houseboat became detached from its anchor and drifted into the center of the cove.

John "appeared to be fatigued" as he attempted to retrieve the boat, the visitors later told rangers. When a pet dog jumped off the boat, John tried to rescue the animal and both disappeared from view.

The visitors on the other houseboat kayaked to John, pulled him to shore and began CPR. Rangers arrived on scene soon after but were unable to revive him, the news release reads. John's body was transported to the Utah Sate Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, but the cause of his death has not been officially determined.

John's death marks the fourth in three weeks at the popular lake.

On Aug. 18, Jacob Jessop, 31, of Arizona, died at Lake Powell after he went swimming in the marina and never resurfaced. Authorities found Jessop 20 to 30 feet deep in the water and entangled in wires and cables.

Two days earlier, on Aug. 16, an Arizona teen died in an "apparent drowning" while on a trip with a group from his school. His name was not released.

Just four days before the teen's death, on Aug. 12, another Arizonan, Albert Shortman, 33, was found dead in an apparent drowning after going missing at the lake.

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