Park: Steamboat woman dies on boating trip in Grand Canyon |

Park: Steamboat woman dies on boating trip in Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is shown in summer 2021. Park officials reported a woman from Steamboat Springs died on Thursday when she fell into rapids on the Colorado River during a boating trip.
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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — A Colorado woman died when she fell into whitewater rapids on the Colorado River while on a boating trip in Grand Canyon National Park, park officials said Friday, March 25.

The death of Mary Kelley of Steamboat Springs occurred Thursday, March 24, near Hance Rapid where there is powerful river turbulence at the intersection with Red Canyon due to debris from flash floods, officials said in a statement.

Other members of a private boating trip pulled Kelley out of the water but their administration of CPR and subsequent resuscitation efforts by park rangers flown to the scene by helicopter were unsuccessful, the statement said.

The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner and no additional information was available, the statement said.

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