One person has died and several others were injured after a motorboat capsized in the Grand Canyon over the weekend, National Park Service officials said Sunday.
Park service officials at the Grand Canyon received a report of an “overturned motorboat” near the Bedrock Rapid of the Colorado River shortly after 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, according to a tweet from the service. A search and rescue team was dispatched to the scene.
Ronald Vanderlugt, 67, became unresponsive when members of the rafting group pulled him out of the water, the park service said in a press release. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center then received a report of CPR.
After arriving at the scene, the ranger said park rangers tried to resuscitate, but were unsuccessful. Four other people in non-critical condition were helped and flown to the South Rim Helibase.
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Vanderlugt was on his fifth day of a multi-day commercial river trip and entered Bedrock Rapid at mile 131, officials said in the release. This section of the river is known for being consistent and unforgiving, according to multiple rafting websites.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Park Department and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Park Service officials have not released any further information.
The death was the third in recent weeks at Grand Canyon National Park.
A hiker fell 200 feet from a ledge in late August and died in the park, and a 57-year-old Arizona hiker died over Labor Day weekend after she became disoriented and lost consciousness on a multi-day backpacking trip. Her cause of death is under investigation, but the park noted that the temperature along the inner canyon was “well above” 100 degrees the day she died and can reach 120 degrees even in the shade.
Park officials also announced on Sunday that the southern edge of the park will begin phasing further water conservation measures and restrictions due to a series of breaks in the park’s waterline.
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