River Incident Report #750017
Date of Incident: June 20, 1975
After an hour or two the survivor swam the narrower channel between the island and the shore (river-left) and hiked back to camp where he contacted a commercial river party. The group searched along the banks of the river for the missing companion, and on Saturday and Sunday the survivor rode with the river group to Hite where the accident was reported. Subsequent searches by land parties, boating groups, and fixed-wing aircraft yielded no result. The victim was finally sighted by a visitor on Friday, June 27, in the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, at the mouth of Sheep Canyon (Mile 177.0). The site is near the end of Cataract Canyon where it is inundated by the Powell Reservoir.
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.