Bay Area man dies rescuing child in Lake Powell


A 2015 photo record of Lake Powell, Utah.

A 2015 photo record of Lake Powell, Utah.

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PAGE, Ariz. (AP) – A California man drowned after rescuing his son who had difficulty swimming in Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah state line.

The National Park Service said the family rented a ski boat, toured the lake and stopped at a cove near Warm Creek Bay on Thursday. Two children went swimming without life jackets and one began to struggle. The father jumped out of the boat and put the children on the boat, but went underwater.

Authorities said, with the help of three other boats they found the father 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 state medical examiner’s office in Salt Lake City for an autopsy.

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