A motorboat capsized in the Grand Canyon over the weekend, killing one and injuring many, National Park Service officials say Sunday.
Shortly after 2:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, Grand Canyon Park Service officials received a report of an “overturned jet ski” in the bedrock rapids of the Colorado River. According to a tweet from the service. Search and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene.
Ronald Vanderlugt, 67, was found unresponsive when members of the rafting team pulled him out of the water, the Park Service said in a news release. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center then received a report that CPR had been administered.
Arriving at the scene, park service officials said park rangers tried unsuccessfully to save them. The other four were not in critical condition and were assisted and transported to South Rim Helicopter Base.
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Van der Ruegert was on the fifth day of a multi-day commercial river trip and entered Bedrock Rapids at mile 131, officials said in a news release. According to several rafting sites, this part of the river has a reputation for being large and relentless.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Park Service officials did not release further information.
This is the third death at Grand Canyon National Park in recent weeks.
A Hiker dies after falling 200ft In the park at the end of August, and one more 57-year-old Arizona hiker dies over Labor Day weekend During the multi-day backpacking trip, she got lost and lost consciousness. His cause of death is under investigation, but the park noted that the temperature in the inner canyon was “well over” 100 degrees the day he died and could reach 120 degrees even in the shade.
Park officials also announced on Sunday that other water conservation measures and restrictions will begin to be phased in on the park’s south rim due to a series of disruptions to the park’s waterline. .
Contributed by: Associated Press