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Grand Canyon National Park watercraft capsizes, killing 1 and injuring several.


A motorboat capsized in the Grand Canyon over the weekend, killing one person and injuring many

others. Grand Canyon park authorities got a report of a "flipped watercraft" just after 2:00 p.m

according to a service tweet. SAR was sent. Ronald Vanderlugt, 67, was discovered lifeless by rafters, the park service reported.

The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center was told CPR was given. The park service claimed rangers tried resuscitation but failed.

Four non-critical patients were airlifted to South Rim Helibase.

Vanderlugt entered Bedrock Rapid around mile 131 on his fifth day of a commercial river excursion,

authorities said. Multiple rafting websites describe this river section as dangerous and merciless.

End of August, a hiker fell 200 feet from a cliff in the park, and a 57- year-old hiker from Arizona died

during Labor Day weekend after becoming confused and losing consciousness.