77-Year-Old Grand Canyon Visitor From Tasmania Killed On Colorado River

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Grand Canyon [Photo courtesy Grand Canyon National Park]

Grand Canyon- Grand Canyon National Park rangers responded to an emergency call of assistance for Kenneth Reece of Tasmania, Australia on a river trip September 3, 2019, below Deer Creek Falls on the Colorado River.

Responding rangers arrived at River Mile 136, and took over resuscitation efforts from on-scene personnel. Rescue personnel were unable to resuscitate Mr. Reece, age 77.

The rescue team recovered the body with the park’s helicopter and transferred it to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Mr. Reece was swimming in the vicinity of the falls and was recovered from the water by other river trip members who initiated CPR. Park rangers and the Coconino County Medical Examiner Office are cooperating in an investigation of his death.

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