Stranded raft released
No injuries in boating incident
A motorized, commercial raft stranded in Grand Canyon National Park since Tuesday afternoon, has been freed and is on its way back down the Colorado River.
At around 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report from a National Park Service river trip that Canyoneers, Inc. had a motorized raft stranded on the rock garden at Crystal Rapid, located just past river mile 98 approximately 11 miles down river from Phantom Ranch. Due to the late hour, rescue operations could not immediately be initiated. Instead, plans were made to begin rescue operations early on the morning of Wednesday, July 23.
Wednesday morning, additional personnel and equipment were flown via helicopter to a landing zone near the rapid. After preparations were made, the 13 passengers and two guides were transported from their raft to shore using the park's inflatable rescue boat. Once all passengers were safely ashore, work began to free the 37-foot raft. By early afternoon, the raft was freed. It was then brought to shore to be re-united with its passengers and crew.
No injuries to passengers or crew were reported and the group has continued its trip down the Colorado River.