The National Park Service dispatch center reported the accident involved a 15 year-old victim who had sustained severe head injuries. Upon arrival, Coconino County Sheriff's deputies found one Boy Scout dead and that another boy and an adult had also been injured in the accident. The second boy was flown by Classic Lifeguard Helicopter for medical attention to the Page Hospital and the adult was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital.
During the initial stages of the investigation, deputies learned the Boy Scout group with adult chaperons from Hurricane Utah were camping on a houseboat at the Wahweap Marina. There were a total of twelve people in the party. A decision was made to transport the boys across the bay to Antelope Island for a campfire and cookout.
An adult drove a 20' open bow boat to the designated campsite making two trips. Following the conclusion of the cookout an adult who was driving the boat and a second adult were transporting the first group of four scouts back to the houseboat. The four young men were seated in the open bow portion of the watercraft and all of the occupants were wearing personal flotation devices.
The boat, operating after dark, apparently struck a rock outcropping throwing the 15-year old out of the watercraft fatally injuring him. The other two individuals sustained injuries from the impact but were not thrown from the vessel.
Investigators believe the boat may have struck the rock outcropping in the area of Parson Point located about a mile from the marina. People not on the boat involved in the accident stopped to render medical aid. The incident remains under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff;s Office and the National Park Service.
Park officials remind all boaters that operating a vessel after dark can be very hazardous. Glen Canyon NRA does not recommend boating after sunset on Lake Powell.