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Sheetal Patel falls into Colorado River at Grand Canyon, dies after being swept away by fast currents

The view looking east and the Colorado River from Pipe Creek Beach in Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

A Tennessee woman has died after falling into water in Grand Canyon National Park and being caught in the fast flowing Colorado River, authorities said Monday.

Park officials said Sheetal Patel, 47, was cooling off Saturday afternoon along Pipe Creek Beach when the accident happened.

Commercial guides were able to reach the woman by boat and attempted to revive her.

Rangers were transported to the scene by a park helicopter and Patel was pronounced dead.

According to park officials, Patel had hiked the Grand Canyon to meet a multi-day commercial boat trip from Phantom Ranch.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The Park Service states in a notice that it “does not recommend hiking from the edge to the river and back in one day.”

It wasn’t clear when Patel came down.

The Park Service says she lived in Chattanooga but was originally from Chicago.


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