2 Dead, 1 missing in boat crash on Lake Powell

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PAGE, Ariz. -- A fatal boating accident on Lake Powell Thursday morning is believed to be a case of distracted driving.

The National Park Service received a report of a boat accident near Dangling Rope Marina at approximately 8:15 a.m.

Authorities said the driver of a motorboat with 13 people on board tried to turn to miss a houseboat but collided with the front corner of it then overturned. Everyone was ejected from the motorboat.

Officials said Marilyn Jackman, 57, of South Jordan, Utah, was killed. Two other women were reported missing in the water The body of Valerie Rae Bradshaw, 29, was recovered Sunday night. Jackman's 22-year-old daughter, Jessica, is still missing.

Other people on the boat received minor injuries. The driver, Adrian Jackman, 59, husband of Marilyn Jackman, and his 11-year-old granddaughter were airlifted to a Flagstaff hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A third person was taken by ambulance to a Page hospital. All three were released the same day.

The six children on board the motorboat were wearing life jackets.

Officials with the Kane County Sheriff's Office said it appears the driver may have been temporarily distracted by the movement of some of the children in the boat and did not see the houseboat in time.

Most of the individuals in the boat were family members. They are from the Salt Lake/northern Utah area.

No one on the houseboat was injured.

Officials from the National Park Service, Utah State Parks and Kane County Sheriff's Office are working together on the investigation of the accident.