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River Incident Report #19730531

Date of Incident: May 31, 1973
River: Colorado
Section of River: Cataract Canyon
Location on River: : Big Drop Rapids
Relative Flow: Moderate
Gage Reading: 34,800 cubic feet per second
Difficulty: Class IV
Type of Incident: Capsize
Injuries: Drowning or Hypothermia
Type of Trip: Private
Type of Boat: Raft

Description
A 60-year old man was one of six persons thrown into the river when their raft turned over in "Big Drop Rapid". Five of the group swam to shore, but the 60-year old, who was wearing a life jacket, was swept downstream. His body was found several miles away at the head of the Powell Reservoir the following day by another boating party. The cause of death was not determined. One report stated that the victim was seen alive along the shore after the accident.

Source of Information
Times-Independent, Moab, Utah
Boater Dies On Trip In Cataract
Thursday, June 7, 1973, p. A-5.

Did You Know?

Collared Lizard

Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.