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Utah Man Dies after Raft Flips in Grand Canyon

Utah Man Dies after Raft Flips in Grand Canyon



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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- A Salt Lake City man died Friday afternoon after his raft flipped over while going over a rapids in the Grand Canyon, National Park Service officials said.

Marc Allred, 62, was with another man in the raft running the Crystal Rapid when the it flipped over and tossed them into the Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said. Allred's companion swam to shore and Allred was picked up by another boat.

Once aboard, Allred lost consciousness and the boaters started CPR, Oltrogge said. They used a satellite phone to contact park rangers, who went to the scene and continued efforts to revive Allred, but they were unsuccessful.

Allred was with his wife and 11 others on a planned 25-day trip down the canyon that began Tuesday, Oltrogge said. The Park Service flew his body to the South Rim of the canyon, accompanied by his wife.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The other boaters continued on the trip.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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