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Rangers Respond to Report of CPR in Progress on the River

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Date: January 10, 2011
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZ. – On Monday, January 10, at approximately 11:40 a.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report from a private river trip of CPR in progress.

Rangers were dispatched via helicopter to river mile 44.5 on the Colorado River just below President Harding Rapid. Upon arriving at the scene, rangers took over efforts to revive the 40 – 45 year-old male kayaker, but were unsuccessful.

Members of the party reported looking back after they had successfully navigated the rapid to see the man's kayak upside down in the water. They retrieved him as quickly as possible, then began CPR and called for assistance.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., the body was retrieved via helicopter and flown to the South Rim where it was met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The kayaker's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the incident.

-NPS-

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