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Family friends express grief for women killed boating accident

KANE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Two families in Salt Lake County are dealing with tragedy. One woman is dead; two others are missing and presumed dead. All were involved in a boating accident in Lake Powell.
KANE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Two families in Salt Lake County are dealing with tragedy. One woman is dead; two others are missing and presumed dead. All were involved in a boating accident in Lake Powell.

People who know and love Jessica Jackman of South Jordan, her mother Marilyn, and Valerie Bradshaw of Cottonwood Heights are struggling to express how they feel about their deaths.

"She brightened every room, that she walked into, that beautiful smile of hers, she'll be greatly missed," said Jack McDonald, Valerie’s LDS Bishop.

“It's a huge tragedy, a huge loss. Marilyn and Adrian, their whole family are great people, very service oriented,” said Rick Wahlquist, neighbor.
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“Unreal, it's just unbelievable, really sad," said Laura Rocco, neighbor.

Thursday Bradshaw and the Jackmans got into a boating accident in Lake Powell. Marilyn Jackman's body was recovered, but her daughter Jessica and Bradshaw are still missing. Authorities now believe all of them died.

"At this point, I think it's been termed as a recovery," said Sgt. Alan Alldredge, Kane Co. Sheriff’s Office.

ABC 4 Utah is told missions to find the woman’s bodies have been delayed due to problems with equipment. A state dive team is expected to arrived in Kane County Friday evening, and begin searching Saturday morning using Side-sweeps Sonar.

As for the accident, State park officials investigating the crash, said Adrian Jackman, Marilyn's husband, was driving the boat, he became distracted and crashed into a house boat.

"The vessel closed in on another one and got well within that 150 feet and the collision occurred," said Ty Hunter, Utah State Parks.

While it's still unclear exactly what caused Adrian Jackman to become distracted and crash, those who know the families said it is clear that they're hurting.

"I have no idea what they're going through, no one does except them," said McDonald.

Bradshaw's family is tentatively planning for a funeral on June 29th. So far there's no word yet on what the Jackman family plans to do. But if you'd like to donate to help the families pay for funeral costs, a memorial fund has been set up at Zion's Bank. All you have to do is mention the "Jackman/Bradshaw family donations."

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