Colorado woman dies at Grand Canyon after falling in whitewater rapids


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A 68-year-old Colorado woman died last week when she fell into whitewater rapids during a multi-day boat tour in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, it was announced on Friday park officials.

Mary Kelley was near Hance Rapid on the Colorado River nine days into her journey late Thursday morning when she fell in the water.

Members of her group pulled her out of the water and park officials flew in a helicopter, but all resuscitation efforts failed.

This 2019 photo provided by the National Park Service shows the Hance Rapid located at the intersection of Red Canyon and the Colorado River at River Mile 77.
(Carl Bowman/NPS via AP)

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Park officials said Hance Rapid at the intersection with Red Canyon is difficult to maneuver due to debris in the water from recent flash floods.

A vertical view of the Arizona-Utah border area showing the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon photographed from the Skylab 1/2 space station in Earth orbit.  (Photo by: HUM Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

A vertical view of the Arizona-Utah border area showing the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon photographed from the Skylab 1/2 space station in Earth orbit. (Photo by: HUM Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
(Photo by: HUM Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The National Park Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating Kelley’s death.

Last August, an Oregon man died after falling 50 feet while walking a trail in the park. David Colburn’s death last summer was the 18th in 2021.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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