Significant Emergency Response Incidents June 2014
Page, AZ – Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) fire crews responded to a wildland fire on June 17th along the San Juan River downstream from the Clay Hills Crossing takeout. The fire burned approximately 110 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A 21-foot boat caught fire at the Bullfrog fuel dock on June 19th. Three people were injured in the blaze and self-transported to the Bullfrog Clinic where they were treated for 2nd degree burns.
The National Park Service dispatched Classic Air Medical to West Canyon on June 20th. CPR was performed on a 17-year old male with a serious head injury. He was then flown to medical care in Utah.
Grand Canyon National Park Rangers assisted with a short-haul helicopter rescue from Cathedral Wash near Lees Ferry on June 20th where a 40-year old female slipped, fell, and broke her ankle.
NPS firefighters and emergency medical staff responded to a houseboat fire at the Wahweap fuel dock at approximately 1:00 PM on June 21st. A boat management company, authorized to do business within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, had fueled the boat and started the engines, which resulted in an explosion and engine compartment fire. The blaze was knocked down with fire extinguishers by the staff on board at the time. Twenty-nine year old Nicole Rhodes from Las Vegas was thrown off the back of the boat as a result of the explosion. She was flown to definitive medical care by Classic Air Medical with 2nd degree burns. The incident is being investigated by the National Park Service and Coconino County Sheriff's Department.
Also on June 21st at approximately 2:00 PM, NPS dispatch received a call about a possible missing female. After a two day search, the body of 41-year old Pamela Hammitt from Gallup, New Mexico was recovered on Monday near Lone Rock Beach from an apparent drowning. In a separate incident, a 16-year old male fractured his left femur during a descent down a houseboat slide near the Wahweap Coves.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Utah State Parks, Utah Highway Patrol, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Kane County Sheriff's Office, Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, ARAMARK, Bullfrog Clinic, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Classic Air Medical and Encompass Health Services all provided invaluable assistance with the incidents.