Mary Kelley was on day nine of a private multi-day rafting trip down the Colorado River when she fell in the water.
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — A 68-year-old woman from Steamboat Springs died Thursday after falling into water near the Hance Rapid on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, the park service said.
Around 11:15 a.m., park officials were alerted to an emergency by a personal locator beacon from non-commercial river travel. Shortly after, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report that CPR was in progress.
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According to the National Park Service (NPS), Mary Kelley, who was on day nine of a multi-day private rafting trip, fell into the water near mile 77 of the river. Members of her group pulled her out of the water and started CPR.
Park rangers were airlifted to the scene with the park helicopter, but further resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, according to the NPS.
The incident is being investigated by the NPS and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
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