June 2021: Boater Fatality on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park

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Hance Fast-River Mile 77

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Information Release Day: June 15, 2021

Call: Joelle Baird, 928-606-3154

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – On Monday, June 14 at approximately 10 a.m., Grand Canyon National Park was alerted to a own locator beacon activation from a non-professional river excursion in the vicinity of Hance Fast on the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Centre then obtained a report that CPR was in progress.

James Crocker, 59, of Lakewood, Colorado, entered the river at the major of Hance Speedy, Colorado River mile 77. Customers of the group pulled him out of the drinking water, observed he was unresponsive, and started CPR. Park rangers were flown into the locale with the park helicopter and all resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. Crocker was on day 6 of a multi-day non-public boating trip.

An investigation into the incident is remaining carried out by the Countrywide Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No further more facts is out there at this time.


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