Saturday, December 04, 2004

Phoenix man dies on Colorado River

GRAND CANYON N.P. — A boating party’s craft capsized on the Colorado River Nov. 22, and one passenger died after falling into the water. Park officials say they don’t know whether fast-running water from the controlled flood conducted through Glen Canyon Dam last week may have contributed to the fatal accident.
The victim was a 62-year-old Phoenix man. Park officials have not released the man’s identity. Leah McGinnis, management assistant with Grand Canyon National Park, said Nov. 29 that park officials still were trying to locate and notify the man’s next of kin.
The tragedy took place about 3 p.m. on Nov. 22, according to park service reports. One of four boats in a noncommercial boating party overturned at river mile 77. Two of the boat’s three passengers safely swam to shore, but the third individual didn’t make it back to land. His body was recovered by other group members near mile 78, but their attempts to resuscitate him using CPR were unsuccessful.

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