Grand Canyon accident: One dead and several injured after motorboat overturned at Bedrock Rapid on Colorado River

One person died and sustained multiple injuries in an accident in the Grand Canyon after a motorboat overturned.

The Grand Canyon National Park Service (NPS) received a report at 2:12 p.m. of an overturned motorboat on the Colorado River.

Bedrock Rapid can be seen where a large rocky island divides the river into two channels

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Bedrock Rapid can be seen where a large rocky island divides the river into two channelsPhoto credit: River Runners For Wilderness
Rapids are pictured in the Colorado River

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Rapids are pictured in the Colorado RiverPhoto credit: Getty

The tragic incident happened at Bedrock Rapid in Arizona.

Grand Canyon National Park tweeted: “SAR is on its way to treat and transport injured patients.

“The incident is ongoing; no further information is available.”

In response to the NPS tweet, one person commented: “I think you mean motorized raft. Motor boats are not allowed on this section of the river.”

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GoRafting.com says Bedrock Rapid is a “consistent rapid” rated a seven.

The website explains: “A large rocky island in the middle of the river divides the river into left and right channels.

“You can get into trouble here if you neglect to move around the rocky island and turn off this feature.”

“Sometimes rafts miss movement, don’t tip off the rock and then end up in the left channel. This is a challenging position as the current and vortex is very fast here and the vortex is difficult to get out of.”

If someone should get caught in the whirlpool, an area where the water moves like a whirlpool, GoRafting.com advises that it’s important to “keep calm”.

“Work hard to get out of the whirlpool without getting pinned against the rock and be ready for a high siding,” the website suggests.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6194472/grand-canyon-accident-motorboat-flip-colorado-river/ Grand Canyon accident: One dead and several injured after motorboat overturned at Bedrock Rapid on Colorado River

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