River Incident Report #937011
Date of Incident: June 3, 1993
The victim had 25 years of experience as a boatman and was an expert swimmer, having swum Cataract Canyon several times, including a passage in 1983 when the river was flowing 83,000 cfs. He was also well outfitted for his trip wearing: two full length wet suits under a wet suit top, wet suit hood, Type III life jacket, swim fins, and boaters gloves. He carried a small flotation bag containing emergency supplies, warm clothes, concentrated foods, and even maps of his ingress route and intended egress. The bag and one fin were missing at the time of his recovery, but the bag was found against the bank of the river at Mile 198.7 at 18:25.
Did You Know?
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.