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Boating Accident: 1 Body Found, Search Continues

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A deadly boating accident on Utah’s Lake Powell last week led to a recovery team searching through the weekend for the bodies of two victims, and one was found late on Sunday night.

The Jackman family were out in their motorboat on the lake when the driver, 59-year old Adrian Jackman, reportedly became distracted by one of the six children on board and crashed into a houseboat in the narrow channel. Jackman’s wife, 57-year old Marilyn, was killed in the accident; their daughter, Jessica, and her friend, Valerie Rae Bradshaw, were thrown from the boat and presumed dead. Bradshaw’s body was recovered using a special robot after recovery equipment experienced malfunctions in the water, which can reach depths of 400 feet. Jessica Jackman, however, is still missing. Authorities believe they are now looking for a body rather than a living person.

Friends and family were in shock at the news over the weekend, saying the Jackmans had been going to the lake for years.

“It was Marilyn’s favorite place to be in the world. She talked about it all the time,” said longtime friend Kari Wahlquist. “It was her heaven on earth, so it’s kind of ironic that’s where the angels came to take her home.”

An investigation is ongoing; Adrian Jackman, his 11-year old daughter, and one other motorboat passenger were flown to a nearby hospital for treatment but were later released. No one on the houseboat was injured.

Boating Accident: 1 Body Found, Search Continues
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  • Mark C. Potts

    How fast was this guy going? Nobody wearing life jackets, especially the kids and going that fast in a channel. Sad, but very stupid!

    • Non judger

      The kids were all wearing life jackets. Read before you comment!

      • Seriously?

        Where specifically did you read they were all wearing life jackets? I don’t think they would have a hard time finding a body in a life jacket.

        • read again

          Really, read closely before you comment, non judger stated that the kids were all wearing life jackets, nothing was said about the adults!!!

          • jim

            Liberals Heh. . . .

      • jim

        Why can’t the wife handle the kids while the dad is doing an important task— too fast ????

      • jim

        Fine exsample of why you don’t let your children go places with others……

      • Sharon

        No where in the story does it say anything about Life Jackets.

  • AUGUSTINE DELAGRANDE

    First of all you hit a houseboat. no lifejackets you deserve what you got. BOATING RULES LEARN THEM. YOU CRASHED INTO A HOUSEBOAT. I FEEL FOR THE HOUSEBOAT PEOPLE STUPID PEOPLE DAMAGING YOUR PROPERTY.

    • Sharon

      No one deserves to lose his daughter and his wife and a family friend. When you have kids they will distract you. This family deserves our prayers.

    • Bart

      Augustine apparently has never done a single stupid thing in his/her life. This man did wrong and is now paying a terrible price for it. SHOW SOME MERCY! He’s not a criminal. He didn’t do this on purpose. He has lost his wife, his daughter and her friend. STOP with the hateful comments.

  • jim

    Why can’t the wife handle the freekin kids ?????

  • lori aberle

    A very tragic story, but alot of questions. Alot of people in the boat. I read an article that said 13. That’s alot for a runabout style boat. The driver gets distracted while there are a least 2 adults to handle a situation. What speed was this guy traveling that he came on the houseboat that quick? The kids get unruly you slow the hell down or stop. A houseboat is a very large slow moving object. Had to have know it was there long before he hit it. The daughter had physical limitations??? No life jacket??
    These stories are frustrating to me. It doesn’t have to happen. Use your head on the water!! A
    nd every where else for that matter and slow the hell down!!!!! So much death due to irresponsibility.

    • mark

      Lost many of his loved ones and you want to point fingers? Send him your compassion not your fit list.

    • Daniel

      Agree. People need to be smart and know when to slow down while on the water. These accidents are completely avoidable.

    • Bart

      All valid points Lori but now’s not a good time to beat this man up. The suffering and heartache this family and the family of the daughters girlfriend has got to be the worst experience. The rest of the boaters reading this should be much more careful on the water to prevent another tragic accident.

  • http://yahoo john miller

    THERE’S A LESSON TO BE LEARNED HERE ( DON’T HAVE KIDS ) ALSO DON’T WALK ON PEOPLES LAWNS

    • Bart

      John, this family has lost loved ones in this tragic accident and you’re trying to be funny. I say you, John Miller are an idiotic JERK!

  • Chuck

    I think that, augustine jerk must of been ran over by a boat himself saying the wife and 2 small children deserved to die what an insesative bastards i hope.he has no kids, wife or never does