Expect Moderate Thunderstorm Activity Through the Weekend
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 »
Two young men still missing in Colorado River
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Last Thursday, Grand Canyon National Park Rangers initiated a search for three young men that disappeared while attempting to swim across the Colorado River near Boat Beach, just above River Mile 88. The body of 16 year-old Mark Merrill was recovered in the Colorado River on Friday, May 1, approximately one mile below Boat Beach.
The bodies of 22 year-old Joey Merrill, and 16 year-old Saif Savaya have yet to be located.
After an intensive two day search by helicopter, by boat, foot patrols and the use of a search dog team, park rangers began to scale back search operations on Saturday after their search yielded no further signs of the young men. That decision was based on the totality of all circumstances including; water temperature, the swift current, no life jackets were worn, and all three were likely fatigued from their long hike to the river.
Park rangers will carry on with limited continuous efforts until the young men have been located and recovered. Those efforts include ranger patrols on the river and on nearby trails, enlisting the assistance of the many commercial and private boaters currently on the river, and continued distribution of a missing person’s flyer to boaters and hikers along the river.
Additional news releases will be issued only as new details become available.
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)