Found this on Park Website. Sad news.
I guess I only got the picture and not news release.
Today at 2:12 pm, we received a report of a flipped motorboat at Bedrock Rapid. One fatality confirmed; SAR is underway to treat and transport injured patients. Incident is ongoing; no further information is available.
Talked to a friend who still guides down there. He said it was Western River Expeditions
Thank you. That’s what I keep telling myself. I finally figured out how to sign onto his email … but he already deleted all the rafting trip emails.It would be relatively timely. The commercial trip would have satellite communication and the NPS and local law enforcement would be involved quickly.
If he launched on Friday there is zero chance that he is involved as that part of the river would likely be day four or day five of a motorized trip.How long would it take to notify next of kin. My husband is on a Colorado River Grand Canyon rafting trip right now. Told me he wouldn’t be able to talk to me for 8 days because no reception in Canyon. I don’t even know what company he used. Motorized vs non-motorized raft.. just that it’s 8 days and 279 miles. Any thoughts? He flew out Thursday and started on river Friday.
Sounds to me like you were talking about the rock they call ‘pinky’ down past the rock in the little eddy on the right which unless you’re in a motor rig is not gonna hurt anything.I just got off the Grand, the water is chocolate milk. I bounced the bottom rock in the shallows, did 360 and just made it. My least favorite rapid.
I think Duebendorf is in the running for #2 as well... its already borderline at 8k for motor rigs and killing lower units. I've always said that Bedrock is one good flash event away from going from a rapid that needs to respect to being majorly serious rapid. It is definitely my least favorite rapid in the canyon just because its all the stress with no payoff.Andddddd once the water stops flowing down there and/or debris flows add to the riverbed, Bedrock will be #1 rapid to shut down that river to large motor boat traffic. Waltenberg will be #2. That being said, can’t wait till motor rigs can’t make it. The Canyon will be sighing in relief.
when we were down there in June i talked with a western guide at deer creek about what would end up happening when the only run at bedrock will be the left run. she told me there was a boat last year that ended up on the left and said it was a very ugly lucky run.Andddddd once the water stops flowing down there and/or debris flows add to the riverbed, Bedrock will be #1 rapid to shut down that river to large motor boat traffic. Waltenberg will be #2. That being said, can’t wait till motor rigs can’t make it. The Canyon will be sighing in relief.