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Lake Powell accidents kill 1, critically injure another

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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2007 4:34 pm | Updated: 7:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PAGE - Two unrelated accidents on Lake Powell killed one woman and left a man in critical condition over the weekend, National Park Service spokesman Kevin Schneider said.

On Saturday, Schneider said seven friends were on a 23-foot powerboat when the driver got distracted and slammed head-on into a rock wall at about 30 to 40 mph.

Everyone on the boat suffered "major injuries," including 20-year-old Danielle Sorensen, of Delta, Utah. Sorensen was not breathing when eight Park Service rangers responded to the scene.

They treated all of the victims and gave Sorensen CPR. A helicopter nurse later pronounced the woman dead, Schneider said.

The six survivors, all between the ages of 20 and 25, were flown from the scene to regional medical centers in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, and were expected to recover.

The other serious incident occurred Friday, when 20-year-old Colton Dixon of Emmett, Idaho was wake-boarding in a remote area of the lake. He had just completed a flip when the front part of the wake board went underwater, causing him to fall forward and his face to hit the water.

Soon after, Colton began having seizures. Two nurses already on board the boat began resuscitation efforts before Colton was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center. He was in critical condition Sunday afternoon.

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