One Person Died and Several Others Were Injured after Boat Flips at Grand Canyon National Park
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, September 13, 2022 2:41 pm
LAS VEGAS- Grand Canyon National Park officials have confirmed that a man was killed after his boat capsized during a multi-day commercial river tour on the Colorado River.
A announcement indicated that Ron Vanderlugt, 67, was on day five of a multi-day boating adventure in Grand Canyon National Park.
On Saturday, September 10, Vanderlugt and a group of five boaters entered the river at Bedrock Rapid around mile 131. The park was informed shortly after 2:00 p.m. park officials stated that a boat had capsized and there were several injuries.
Before park officials arrived via helicopter, Vanderlugt was extracted from the water by others of his group. When park rangers came, Vanderlugt was unresponsive, and despite all efforts to save his life, he succumbed to his injuries.
Four other boats were flown to the South Rim Helibase, according to officials.
The National Park Service and the medical examiner of Coconino County are currently conducting an investigation into the occurrence.
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