LAKE POWELL, UT, September 17, 2023 – A harrowing incident unfolded on Wednesday at Lake Powell, located proximately to Glen Canyon National Park in the Warm Creek area, where a houseboat caught fire, forcing 29 individuals, including a two-month-old infant, to abandon ship urgently.
Eyewitness footage captured the horrifying moments as passengers, faced with a fierce fire that swiftly engulfed the boat, had no choice but to jump into the lake to escape the inferno. Nearby boats rushed to the rescue, aiding in the extraction of individuals from the water and undoubtedly preventing further tragedy.
Regrettably, despite the successful rescue of all onboard, the houseboat was wholly consumed by the flames, ultimately sinking into the depths of Lake Powell. The vessel is reported to be a total loss.
As of now, the cause of the tragic fire remains under active investigation by the authorities, including the Glen Canyon National Park Service, who are working diligently to determine the circumstances that led to the ignition. Details surrounding the incident are forthcoming as the investigation proceeds, with authorities urging anyone with information to come forward to aid in the ongoing inquiry.