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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