Kane County Sheriff’s Office: Alan Alldredge, 435-644-2349, firstname.lastname@example.org
Victim Recovered Near Lone Rock
PAGE, AZ – A multi-agency search for 51 year-old Allen Robert Delay of
Lewistown, Montana concluded on May 6 when his body was located near Lone Rock
in the Kane County portion of Wahweap Bay in Glen Canyon National Recreation
Area. Utah Department of Public Safety Dive team located his body at 4:35 p.m. MST
using side-scan sonar. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Underwater
Recovery Unit successfully retrieved his body at 6:51 p.m. MST using a
submerged Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) from a depth of 74 feet.The
body was turned over to Kane County Sheriff’s Office Medical Investigator, and
was transported to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City,
On May 5, 2016, Delay
was camping with his wife on Lone Rock Beach and took an inflatable kayak out
for a paddle. As winds increased he ended up overboard. Delay was not wearing a
life jacket. Pleas for help were heard
by other campers and National Park Service staff from Lone Rock Beach. At 1:49 p.m.
MST. National Park Service Glen Canyon Dispatch received multiple calls from
Lone Rock Beach reporting a person in distress, and possibly drowning. Delay
disappeared underwater and did not resurface. Initial search efforts were
conducted during high winds by the National Park Service, Utah State Parks,
Classic Life Guard Aviation, and Greenhaven Fire Department. No recovery was
made on May 5.
On the morning of
May 6, weather hampered the search effort. By 2:00 p.m. MST the Utah Department
of Public Safety Dive Team arrived and weather conditions improved enough to
resume the search using side-scan sonar. Combined teamwork and support from the
Kane County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service, Utah Department of Public
Safety Dive Team, Utah State Parks, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary,
Classic Life Guard Aviation, Greenhaven Fire Department, and the Bigwater
Marshal’s Office resulted in locating and recovering the body before sunset on
May 6. “Search and recovery efforts concluded in 29 hours thanks to invaluable
multi-agency support and collaboration,” said Acting Glen Canyon National
Recreation Area Superintendent Billy Shott.
All boaters are reminded to be
aware of changing weather conditions and wear life jackets when boating and
recreating on or around water.
PAGE, AZ – On May 5, 2016,
at 1:49 p.m., National Park Service Glen Canyon Dispatch received multiple
calls from Lone Rock Beach reporting a person in distress, and possibly
drowning. The 51 year-old male did not resurface. The incident occurred near
Lone Rock in the Kane County portion of Wahweap Bay in Lake Powell.
Initial search efforts were
conducted during high winds by the National Park Service, Kane County Sheriff’s
Office, Utah State Parks, Classic Life Guard Aviation, and Greenhaven Fire
Department. No recovery was made on May 5th, and search efforts will
continue with additional support from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
and the Utah Department of Public Safety Dive Team.
Multi-Agency search efforts
continue on May 6, weather permitting, along the shoreline and using side-scan
sonar to search a ¼ square mile of area approximately 78 feet deep. Boaters are
reminded to stay clear of search operations and search boats in the Lone Rock
area, and maintain wakeless speeds in marked wakeless zones and corridors.
A joint investigation is
being conducted by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Utah State Parks and the
National Park Service.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on Thursday June 12, 2014, the
body of a 22 year old male was recovered near the boat docks in Bullfrog
Tuesday, June 10th, 22 year old Alec McQueen
from Salt Lake City, was boating with two female friends in the Bullfrog
area.All three are employees of
ARAMARK, and were living and working in Bullfrog for the summer.They were returning to the dock area about
7p.m.As the boat was pulling into an open
slip to park, the driver turned off the boat and Alec who was sitting on the
back of the boat jumped in.The driver
could see Alec in the water a few feet behind the boat.She looked away and when she turned back a
couple of seconds later she could not see Alec.
When they could not find Alec, they called 911 and a
National Park Service, (NPS), ranger arrived shortly after.Other personnel arrived from NPS and Utah
State Parks.Notification was made to
the NPS dive team and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.Because it was so late in the day, it was
decided that a search would be initiated the next morning.
Wednesday morning the NPS Lake Powell dive team was
transported by plane from Wahweep Marina to Bullfrog to assess the situation. When
their dive boat arrived in early afternoon, they attempted to use their underwater
robot and sonar to locate Alec.The
sonar malfunctioned and after several tries, it was determined that it could
not be fixed on site.Three divers from
the NPS team were put in the water and attempted to search the initial target
area.They searched at a depth of about
90 feet in zero visibility conditions.They made several passes over the area working completely by feel before
having to return to the surface. At the
same time, a request was made to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for the use
of their dive team, robot, and sonar.They arrived in Bullfrog at about 4 a.m. Thursday morning.
After a 6 a.m. briefing on Thursday, the Summit County
team launched their boat and were able to locate Alec’s body about 7:30 in the
primary search area at a depth of 113 feet.The National Park Service’s divers were then able to retrieve the body
and bring it to the surface.The Kane
County Sheriff was on scene and took position of the body and transported it to
the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City.
Alec’s Parents and siblings were on scene at the time of
the recovery and were able to see Alec before he was transported by Sheriff
Thanks to all those involved in this difficult
incident.Numerous agencies responded to
the scene to include National Park Service, Utah State Parks, Kane County
Sheriff’s Office, and Summit County Search and Rescue. The case remains under joint investigation.
Saturday April 5th, the Kane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team (KCSAR) participated in a mutual aid rescue with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, (GCNRA), Coconino County Search and Rescue, (CCSAR), and the Utah Highway Patrol Aero Division.
At around 7am, a male individual from Grand Junction Colorado began climbing Gregory Butte which is located at buoy 26 in Last Chance Bay At Lake Powell. A little after 9am, he was over 500 feet up the cliff face when an anchor that he had placed in the rock failed causing him to fall approximately 30 feet. His fall was stopped by his previous anchor and rope leaving him hanging on the cliff face by his harness. When the first anchor came out of the sandstone face, it also caused a large slab of stone to break free which fell hitting him in the head, severely injuring the climber. It is very possible that his life was saved by the use of a proper helmet.
His friends, who were watching him from a boat below, had to drive to an area where they could get cell phone coverage. The call went to Glen Canyon Dispatch who contacted the Kane County Sheriff's Office Dispatch center with a request for help believing the accident location was in Kane County.
That morning Kane County Search and Rescue was already involved in a joint training in Kanab Utah with Coconino County Search and Rescue, and a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter. When the call came in, the combined teams began working on a rescue plan. It was later determined that the location of the incident was actually in San Juan County. After consulting with San Juan County's Sheriff and Search and rescue, they requested that Kane County continue with the operation because we were closer and had resources ready to respond.
Two GCNRA rescue personnel had already responded by boat and helicopter to the scene. UHP pilot Shane Oldfield and technical flight officer Sgt. Ryan Bauer transported three KCSAR rescue personnel and gear from Kanab to the top of Gregory Butte where they joined with the GCNRA team. A team from CCSAR as well as additional personnel from KCSAR responded by vehicle to the Page Arizona Airport where they could be be picked up by the UHP helicopter and transported to the scene if needed.
The five man team at Gregory Butte was able to drill and set anchors on top of the Butte. A GCNRA medic was lowered to the injured climber. He was able to secure the climber and both were then raised back to the top by the other four rescuers. The injured climber was transported by the UHP helicopter to a waiting medical helicopter from Guardian Air out of Page Arizona. He was then transported to the Page hospital.
All rescue crews then returned to their respective areas. This is another great example of the collaborative efforts and relationships that have been build and fostered between the agencies of Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, Utah Highway patrol and our Federal Partners at Lake Powell. Thanks to all involved in this successful and safe rescue.
The 30 year old injured climber was flown to Flagstaff Arizona Hospital, and not to Page Arizona as the original post stated. He is currently in ICU but expected to recover. His injuries were serious and it will take time to heal.
The climber and two friends had been camping at the base of Gregory Butte since Thursday April 3rd. The individual had completed a couple of previous shorter climbs on Gregory Butte Thursday and Friday. He is considered an expert climber. Climbing in the sandstone like he was doing is considered to be one of the most dangerous kinds of climbing next to climbing without safety equipment.
Construction has started on US-89 North of Kanab
between mileposts 65 and 68. The road is now closed to all traffic
Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am until
The road closure is necessary while construction crews blast rock
cliffs and clear debris. This will allow for the realignment of
US-89 through the area and create a wider and safer roadway. The
Utah Department of Transportation is constructing improvements to
US-89 from the 300 North intersection in Kanab to the Kanab Creek
Bridge near MP 68.
3-mile long project will provide:
Various roadway alignment shifts throughout the project
* Acceleration lane at the Port
construction schedule has been designed to safeguard the local
economy by avoiding interference with the tourist season. By
excavating rock during a season of lower traffic volume, engineers
also hope to safely maintain traffic when the road is open, keep
the work zone safe and maintain steady production rates so paving
can begin when temperatures are sufficiently warm in the spring.
Weekly Construction News
Over the Martin
Luther King Holiday, January 20, crews will follow
their normal construction schedule.
Monday, January 20 - Friday, January 24
From 7 am to 8:30 am one lane travel with pilot cars and flaggers
will be in place.
From 8:30 am to 11:30 am US-89 is closed to all traffic from MP 65
- MP 68.
From 11:30 am to 6:00 pm one lane travel with pilot cars and
flaggers will be in place.
From 6:00 pm to 7 am The roadway will be open to two lane travel.
Excavation work is moving ahead at different areas
on the project. Several trucks and earth moving equipment are
operational during construction hours.
This week on the project crews will continue to pioneer temporary
roads to allow for drilling equipment to have access. The drilling
equipment will begin drilling for blasting operations when
A test blast could be conducted on the project this week pending
approval by appropriate agencies. This blast will be coordinated
with local officials and state fire officials.
Motorists will notice an increase in truck traffic. The added
trucks will continue to move material from the dig sites to the
dump sites. Most debris removed from the dig sites will be used as
fill material in other areas on the project.
Work continues on a new box culvert near MP66. Crews are forming
the new box and reinforcing the structure with rebar. Lengthening
the structure will allow for the new alignment of the roadway and
more efficiently handle run-off water.
About 100,000 cubic yards of material will be
moved from the roadway excavation to the dump sites on the
project. The material dumped will shore-up the existing roadway
and provide needed fill for the Kane County Water Conservancy
With the cultural history present in the construction area an
Archeologist is on-site at all times during construction to assist
with any sensitive operations.
During an emergency situation where emergency
responders need to travel through the construction zone they will
be allowed to do so. The contractor will maintain a pathway through
the project at all times for any emergency situations and will be
coordinating with the Kane County Sheriff's office.
questions regarding the construction schedule and travel access
should be directed to Lisa Beck or Dave Asay from FrontLine Public
coordinate with citizens and businesses in providing accurate
construction impact information.
Project Managers are Lisa Beck - 801.663.1711 and Dave Asay - 801.712.3030.
inquiries should be directed to UDOT Region 4 Communications
Kitchen at email@example.com
or the department's media hotline at 801-746-9932.
"Held up in Kanab"
Volunteer Center in Kanab is coordinating a local effort to help
tourists with the closure on US-89. They have produced a brochure
with information about local business discounts, various tours and
activities travelers can participate in while waiting for the daily
closure to end. There will be refreshments at the Visitor Center in
Kanab and at the Moqui Cave parking area on the North end of the
project for tourists.
As an added safety precaution work stops on the
project as traffic passes various active excavation sites to prevent
debris from falling on automobiles.
US-89 is narrowed to a one lane operation Monday - Friday from 7:00
am to 8:30 am and 11:30 am to 6:00pm. Traffic will be controlled with
pilot cars and flagging. Motorists can expect up to a 20 minute delay
while waiting in the queue.
Daily closures on US-89 are from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, Monday through
From approximately 6:00 pm to 7:00 am there will be two lane travel
through the construction area with reduced speeds.
The above traffic schedule will continue through April 11th.
Motorists are asked to obey all traffic signs and keep speeds to a
Construction personnel will be working next to active traffic lanes.
Be aware of their proximity and follow the path of the pilot
Speed limits have been reduced through the construction zone at all
At approximately 2:40 pm on 8/26/13, the two females missing in the East Fork of The Virgin River were located by the DPS helicopter.Both individuals were in good health.They had endured several rain storms and were about out of food.They were picked up and flown to the Kanab City Airport.
Both females are from Salt Lake City area.Their names are Christian Delahunty, and Suzy Wheeler-Mang.