The body of a Scottsdale man who drowned at Lake Powell on Sept. 24 was recovered Wednesday.

According to information from the National Park Service, the body of John Borden, 58, was found by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Underwater Recovery Unit in about 100 feet of water. The discovery ended the 16-day search in the Padre Canyon area of the lake.

Borden had jumped on a Jet Ski without a life vest to help recover a drifting house boat. During the process, he picked up a passenger to help him. He ended up jumping into the water to retrieve a kill-switch lanyard on the Jet Ski, and the passenger was able to restart the Jet Ski and keep going to the house boat with Borden left in the water. When people returned to where Borden went in the water, he could not be found.

"It's always difficult when the searches last so long," said GCNRA Superintendent Todd Brindle. "The entire team was focused on helping the family."

-- Sun staff report

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