Expect Afternoon & Evening Thunderstorms. Flash Flood Watch Through 9pm Monday
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Deceased Kayaker Identified
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, AZ. – A kayaker who died yesterday in Grand Canyon National Park has been identified as 42 year-old Scott Foster of Bend, Oregon.
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 42 year-old kayaker, but were unsuccessful.
Members of the party reported looking back after they had successfully navigated the rapid to see Foster'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. on Monday, Foster's body was retrieved via helicopter and flown to the South Rim where it was met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the incident. No additional information is available at this time.
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.