Woman Dies Rafting in the Grand Canyon

A 68-year-old woman died after she fell off into the whitewater rapids during a boating trip at the Grand Canyon National Park on Thursday, March 24. 

According to a news release by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park was alerted of an emergency by a personal locator beacon from a non-commerical river at the top near Hance Rapid on the Colorado River shortly after 11:00 a.m. 

The woman who was identified as Mary Kelley entered the river but was later pulled out of the water by members of her group. 

Kelley’s group members performed CPR as she was unresponsive. 

Park rangers also flown into the location with the park helicopter, however, they could not revived Kelley. 

The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner conducted an investigation on the incident. 

According to the National Park Service, the Hance Rapid is located where Red Canyon intersects with the Colorado River at River Mile 77.

“This is a highly technical and powerful whitewater rapid that was formed by debris from flash floods that tore through Red Canyon,” the National Park Service said. 


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