Authorities identify woman killed in Lake Powell boat generator explosion

Posted at 7:48 AM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 20:23:00-04

LAKE POWELL, Utah - One person was killed and four were flown to the hospital in critical condition after a boat explosion on Lake Powell, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the group was trying to start a houseboat generator when it exploded at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

According to a press release from the National Park Service, the deceased is identified as 52-year-old Kirsten Meyer of Castle Rock, Colorado.

The explosion occurred on a privately owned houseboat that was anchored on shore in Crystal Springs Canyon on Lake Powell. The location is two canyons north of Halls Crossing, near buoy marker 104. That portion of the lake is in San Juan County, Utah.

Four people suffered critical injuries that included burns, broken bones and facial injuries, and those four were flown to various hospitals in the region. A juvenile suffered minor injuries and was treated at Bullfrog Clinic and released.

There were 20 other people in the group of boaters. The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but the NPS states reports indicate the people were trying to start a houseboat generator when it suddenly exploded.