An unidentified man has drowned during a rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park.
Park officials say rangers were notified about 4 p.m. Sunday about a man who had gone into the water at Hance Rapid, River Mile 77, when the boat he was traveling in flipped. The victim had been in the water several minutes before being pulled out by others in his party. Although CPR efforts were immediately initiated by participants on the trip, efforts to save him were not successful.
Park rangers were unable to reach the party Sunday night or early Monday due to inclement weather and inaccessible terrain.
The trip continued downriver Monday morning to Phantom Ranch (River Mile 88) where it was met by park rangers. The man’s body was flown out of the canyon and taken to the South Rim Helibase. His body was then transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner and taken to Flagstaff, Arizona.
An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death. The victim’s name and age were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.