Mary Kelley Steamboat Springs, Colorado woman dies during multi day boating trip along the Grand Canyon. Woman’s death comes days after flash floods in the area.
Mary Kelley, 68, of Steamboat Springs, was nine days into a boating trip when she fell into the water Thursday morning near Hance Rapid on the Colorado River, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Members of her group pulled her out and attempted CPR on her until authorities arrived.
‘Park rangers were flown into the location with the park helicopter and all resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful,’ park officials said.
Park officials said there was powerful turbulence in the area of the river where she fell because of debris in the water from recent flash floods.
The Unruffled Rapid A late winters long exposure along Hance Rapid in Grand Canyon National Park.
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Hance Rapid is considered to be highly technical and is made up of powerful whitewater rapids, according to the park service.
It remained unclear, if any, what type of criteria boating tour operators mandate before boating enthusiasts are cleared for participation.
The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner have launched an investigation into the woman’s death.