Missing swimmer's body recovered from Lake Powell

Published 10/11 2012 06:00PM

Updated 10/11 2012 06:10PM

PAGE, Arizona (ABC 4 News) National Parks Service officials say divers have recovered the body of an Arizona man from Lake Powell, more that 16 days after he went missing.

NPS officials say the body of 58 year-old John Borden of Scottdale was recovered on Wednesday the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Underwater Recovery Unit.

NPS officials say Borden's body was located at a depth of over 100 feet using a remote-operated vehicle equipped with sonar and video.

Officials said the 16-day search occurred in Padre Canyon and included assistance from Utah Highway Patrol Dive Team, US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

Accordingto NPS officials, on the evening of Monday, September 24 a 911 call was received reporting a missing person in Padre Canyon.

During a localized windstorm with high wind and waves, NPS officials say a houseboat was pushed off shore and began to drift.

Officials said that Borden used a jet ski to seek help from a nearby houseboat, and picked up another person to go to the assistance of the drifting boat.

According to NPS officials, neither person on the jet ski was wearing a lifejacket or the kill-switch lanyard.

As they were motoring toward the distressed houseboat, NPS officials said the jet ski lanyard fell off and activated the engine kill switch, at which time Borden jumped into the water to retrieve the lanyard.

In the meantime, officials say the passenger was able to restart the jet ski and motored to the distressed houseboat. When members of the group were informed that there was still a person in the water, officials said they attempted rescue but were unable to locate Borden.

Information from: National Park Service.

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