A 4-year-old who was briefly left unsupervised at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has drowned in Lake Powell, according to park officials.
The unidentified child had been playing on a beach in Warm Creek Bay on Monday evening. At 6:45 p.m. park dispatch received a 911 call from a houseboat in the bay. The caller stated that the boy had just been retrieved from shallow water and was unresponsive. A nurse on the houseboat immediately started CPR, the park said in a release.
Park rangers and a helicopter from Classic Lifeguard were on scene within 18 minutes of the 911 call and continued lifesaving efforts. The child was transported by helicopter to Page Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
The child had been playing on the beach with other children from the houseboat. He was not wearing a life jacket, and had been left unattended only for several minutes, park officials said. It is unclear how he ended up in the water.