Man dies on Grand Canyon river trip

Man dies on Grand Canyon river trip

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Grand Canyon rafting trip

A motorized raft makes its way along calm water during a Grand Canyon Expedition Company trip on the Colorado River.

A 77-year-old man died Tuesday on a Grand Canyon river trip, according to a Thursday press release from the National Park Service.

Kenneth Reece, visiting from Australia, was on a river trip on the Colorado River and was swimming below Deer Creek Falls when he presumably drowned. 

Trip members recovered Reece's body and attempted to revive him. An emergency call was sent to park rangers who later arrived at the falls and attempted to save Reece, but were also unsuccessful.

"The water can change in depth unexpectedly, going from shallow to deep in just a few steps, and it can have swift, strong currents, waterfalls, cold temperatures, and underwater hazards such as trees and boulders," the park service wrote in the press release. "Even the strongest swimmers can be overcome by these conditions."

The body was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office to confirm his cause of death.


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