Carl Bowman / AP
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. – A 67-year-old man has died after a motorboat capsized during a Colorado River cruise inside Grand Canyon National Park, officials said Sunday.
Park officials said the boat capsized shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday at Bedrock Rapid, which raft experts say is a large rocky island that divides the river into left and right channels.
Emergency medical personnel treated four people and transported them to the South Rim, park officials said. Authorities say their injuries are not critical.
Park officials identified the dead as Ronald Vanderlugt, but did not immediately release his hometown. They said Vanderlugt was on day five of the trip.
Members of the river cruise group pulled Vanderlugt out of the water, found him unresponsive and began CPR, park officials said. They said park rangers were flown to the site by helicopter, but Vanderlugt could not be resuscitated.
John Dillon, executive director of the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, an organization that represents those in clothes allowed to go in the canyon, said the boat capsized quickly when it hit a rock.
Dillon said some passengers decided not to continue on a trip operated by Western River Expeditions.
An investigation will be conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.