Boat Sinks; Woman Drowns in Lake Powell

Boat Sinks; Woman Drowns in Lake Powell


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PAGE, Arizona (AP) -- Rescuers on Saturday recovered the body of a Colorado woman who drowned at Lake Powell after the boat she was riding in sank.

The body of Nancy Hoff, 40, of Fruita, was found at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 387-feet below the surface, National Park Service spokesman Kevin Schneider said. She was located by a rescue team in an underwater craft.

Hoff and another person were crossing the lake in a boat traveling at about 55 miles per hour, when they tried to pass another boat, Schneider said. Investigators believe the impact of the hitting second boat's wake split the hull of Hoff's boat, causing it to sink.

Hoff disappeared and her companion was rescued by the Desert Odyssey tour boat, he said.

Hoff was on a company retreat at the time of the accident.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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