National Park Service

Saratoga Springs man dies after crashing boat at Lake Powell

By Carter Williams, | Posted - Jul. 30, 2020 at 1:50 p.m.

LAKE POWELL — A Saratoga Springs man died after a boating crash on Lake Powell early Wednesday morning, park officials said Thursday.

The body of 46-year-old Ryan Hall was recovered hours after the crash by The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Dive Team, according to National Park Service officials.

Authorities said Hall was with a group of people camping at a houseboat at the lake shoreline in the Warm Creek area of Kane County. The group called in a report of a boating crash and missing person at about 1:20 a.m.

The group told authorities that Hall took a wave boat out and that it hit a rock next to the camp, causing it to flip. Classic Air Medical conducted a “quick but unsuccessful” search for Hall shortly after the report came in, park officials said.

National Park Service rangers continued the search after sunrise. Hall's body was recovered by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Dive Team in a 12-foot area of water Wednesday, according to park officials.

Hall’s body was taken to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service, Utah State Parks and State Medical Examiner’s Office are working together to investigate the crash.

Park officials discouraged boating at night, calling it “very dangerous.”

The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has boating safety tips on its website.

Carter Williams

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