VIDEO: 2-month-old among 25 who jumped into water after houseboat fire at Utah's Lake Powell

  • Source: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
  • Published: 09/15/2023 12:00 AM

A Utah family is grateful to be alive after their houseboat caught fire at Lake Powell. Maddy Tolman said her family was on board for only about 45 minutes when they heard a loud boom. “We heard a big boom! Not knowing what it was, we went to investigate. We found the motor on the houseboat had exploded, and caught on fire,” Tolman said. “It was about five-to-10 minutes between the explosion and when the boat was engulfed in flames.” Tolman said all 25 family members, including a mother and her 2-month-old baby, jumped in the water to safety. Some were able to grab lifejackets, others were not so lucky. “We had about 25 people on board, including a 2-month-old, two toddlers, an 8-year-old diabetic, and three more elementary-aged kids on board."


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