Hi All, It is with great sadness that I hear of the passing of Mary Simpson. Mary died in a boating incident at 209 Mile Rapid. Mary was a very well-known member of the Flagstaff and Cameron communities, a Grand Canyon hiker and river runner. She will be greatly missed. The following information about the passing of Mary is from a facebook page, along with the NPS release from this morning. Yours in sorrow, tom
To any who haven't yet heard, my mama, Mary Phyl, is gone. She was in the canyon with my father and brother. They flipped the boat. She died of hypothermia before they could get her out. She had emphysema, with the lack of oxygen she didn't have the strength to pull herself out and her body couldn't keep itself warm. She knew it was a risk. She wanted to go anyway. She was in her very favorite place in the world in the arms of the man who has loved her since she was a girl of 13. There is a hole in my heart the size of the Grand Canyon.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of GRCA Public Affairs, NPS
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 9:55 AM
Subject: News Release:Fatality on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon News Release
Release date: Immediate
Contact(s): Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski
Phone number: 928-638-7958
Date: September 27, 2013
Fatality on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Wednesday, September 25 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call with a report of a deceased 67 year old female on the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park at River Mile 209.
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in coordination with the Mohave County Medical Examiner and an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. Pending family notifications the identity of the victim is being withheld, once notifications are made the deceased’s identity will be released. No further information is available at this time.
Public Affairs Office
Grand Canyon National Park