Grand Canyon Rafter Dies In Colorado River

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Grand Canyon Rafter Dies In Colorado River

Postby Todd » Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:24 pm

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Rafter Dies In Colorado River After Boating Accident

Rangers recovered the body of 39-year-old James J. Waring Jr., of Lexington, South Carolina, last Thursday following a boating accident on the Colorado River. Waring was part of a six-person private river trip that launched from Lees Ferry on Sunday, June 5th, with a scheduled take out at Pearce Ferry on June 22nd. Early reports indicate that they were traversing Hance Rapid when one of two row boats flipped, dumping the three occupants into the river. One person swam to shore and a second was able to stay with the boat and eventually make it back to shore, but Waring was carried downriver. A passing commercial trip operated by Hatch River Expeditions found him face down in the water below Hance Rapid. He was pulled from the river and CPR was conducted for 45 minutes before an on-scene physician pronounced him dead. The body was recovered and flown to the South Rim. An investigation is underway.
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