River Incident Report #740011
Date of Incident: August 30, 1967
Section of River: Cataract Canyon
Location on River: Spanish Bottom (Mile 213.0)
Relative Flow: Low
Gage Reading: 5,140 cubic feet per second
Difficulty: Flat Water
Type of Incident: Swimming
Type of Trip: Commercial
Type of Boat: None
A 12 year old girl had just swum across the gap when the victim entered the river. A few seconds later he called for help and a motorized and manually powered pontoon was launched immediately. The man's body had a high specific gravity and was found below the surface of the water about 90 seconds later. CPR was administered for 4 hours without success, and a subsequent autopsy attributed the death to drowning.
The rafting party continued through the rapids in Cataract Canyon the following day, carrying the victim's body. A help call was signaled during a pre-arranged rendezvous, and a pontoon plane landed at Dark Canyon to retrieve the body.
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Did You Know?
Much of canyon country's annual precipitation falls during summer monsoons. These dramatic storms often last less than twenty minutes but can cause powerful flash floods despite their brevity.