Visitor Injured on Day Trip to Dinosaur National Monument
Contact: Carla Beasley, (435) 781-7702
Dane Mariott, 30, of Vernal, Utah, was injured Sunday, July 6, when he dove into the Green River during a rafting trip through Dinosaur National Monument. The rafting group had stopped for a break at Adrift Beach in the Split Mountain Gorge when group members noticed Mariott unresponsive, face-down and pulled him from the water. Dinosaur National Monument employee, Serena Dennis and volunteer, Jim Linville, were working a short distance away and they heard calls for help. Upon arriving, Dennis, a wilderness first responder, and Linville, a Routt County emergency medical technician, revived and stabilized Mariott and transported him to an awaiting ambulance at the Split Mountain boat ramp. He was taken to Ashley Regional Medical Center, were he was airlifted to Salt Lake City for treatment of a broken neck.
Members of park river concessioners Outward Bound and Holiday along with Uintah County Sheriff’s office and Gold Cross Ambulance Service also assisted National Park Service employees with the incident.
Did You Know?
Whitewater rafting is a popular way to experience the remote canyon areas at Dinosaur National Monument. You can take a licensed commercial rafting trip or you can tackle the river on your own, provided you have a permit, the correct equipment and the necessary experience.