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California man drowns after rescuing struggling child on Lake Powell

Posted at 3:37 PM, Aug 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-08 01:58:23-04

LAKE POWELL, Utah (AP) — A California man drowned after rescuing his child who was struggling to swim in Lake Powell near the Arizona-Utah state line.

The National Park Service says the family rented a ski boat, toured the lake and stopped in a cove near Warm Creek Bay on Thursday afternoon.

Two children went swimming without life jackets, and one began to struggle.

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The father jumped from the boat and got the children on the vessel, but he then went underwater. With the help of three other boats, the man was found at least 10 minutes after he went underwater. CPR was unsuccessful.

The man was identified as 49-year-old Phil Chiang of Palo Alto. His body was taken to the Utah Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.