PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- Family members say their hearts are broken after a 5-year-old northern Utah boy died in a boating accident in Lake Powell.
The child was been identified as Keaton Howard of American Fork.
National Park Service spokeswoman Denise Shultz says Howard was riding in the bow of the boat Friday evening when the watercraft hit a wave and he fell out near the Tapestry Wall rock formation.
She says he was struck by a propeller and was killed instantly.
Relatives issued a statement Tuesday saying they loved Howard and his "bright personality" and were finding comfort in their faith while they grieved.
Shultz says the people aboard the boat were all wearing life jackets and alcohol was not involved in the accident.
Statement by Howard family
The Howard family, including extended family and friends, are saddened at this tragedy. Our hearts are broken as we mourn at this time of trial.
We love Keaton and his bright personality! He was and is our little man!
As a family of faith, we take comfort in our knowledge of God's love for him and for us. We continue to love him and pray for peace and comfort for all who knew him. As we mourn together, we find joy in remembering the light he is in our lives.
At this time, we request privacy to grieve the loss of our son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend, and neighbor. We appreciate, in advance, your consideration and respect for our family.
For those that would like to honor Keaton, in lieu of flowers, a children's book donation to American Heritage school, would help keep Keaton's love of books alive. American Heritage is located at 736 N. 1100 E., American Fork, UT. Their summer office hours are 9 am to 1 pm, Monday thru Friday.
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