As of Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
A 61-year-old Snellville man drowned in a Utah lake Monday while trying to help his wife.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the body of Joe Coffield was recovered on Wednesday morning in Lake Powell.
The Kane County Sheriff's Office told the newspaper that on Monday afternoon, Coffield and his wife were in a rental boat on the lake, when the woman began to drift away from the boat. The husband jumped into the water to try to help his wife when he disappeared and was presumed drowned.
Denise M. Shultz, a spokesperson with the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area said it appears the wind was pushing the boat away from the woman when the husband jumped in to get her. He did not put on a life jacket, and went under and did not resurface. They were the only two on the boat, Shultz said.
The woman was swimming with a life jacket on.
Coffield's body was recovered by dive crews from the National Park Service, Utah Department of Public Safety and the Summit County Sheriff's Office.
Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado river in between Utah and Arizona.