Water conservation

1 dead after the sinking of a motorboat on Saturday

One person died and several others were injured after a motorboat capsized in the Grand Canyon over the weekend, National Park Service officials said Sunday.

Grand Canyon Park Service officials received a report of an “overturned motorboat” at the Colorado River’s Bedrock Rapid 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, was found unresponsive when members of the rafting party pulled him out of the water, the park service said in a news release. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center then received a report that CPR had been administered.

After arriving at the scene, the park service said park rangers attempted resuscitation efforts, but were unsuccessful. Four other people in non-critical condition were rescued and airlifted to the South Rim Helibase.

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Vanderlugt was on his fifth day of a multi-day commercial river voyage and entered Bedrock Rapid at mile 131, officials said in the statement. This area of ​​the river is known to be consistent and unforgiving, according to several rafting websites.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Park Service officials did not release further information.

The death was the third in recent weeks at Grand Canyon National Park.

A hiker fell 200 feet from a ledge to his death in the park at the end of August, and a 57-year-old Arizona hiker died over Labor Day weekend after being disoriented and losing consciousness during a multi-day backpacking trip. His cause of death is under investigation, but the park noted that temperatures along the inner canyon were “well over” 100 degrees the day he died and can reach 120 degrees even in the shade.

Park officials also announced Sunday that the South Rim of the park will begin implementing new water conservation measures and restrictions due to a series of breaks in the park’s water main.

Contribute: The Associated Press