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Stranded kayaker dies trying to scale cliff
Kelly Sommariva, KUSA 1August 19, 2014

GRAND COUNTY - A Boulder County woman was killed after becoming separated from her kayak in the Colorado River and falling off of a rock wall she was trying to climb to safety.

Investigators say the body of 38-year-old Elizabeth "Beth" McVay was discovered Sunday morning at the base of a tall canyon wall along the Colorado River in Grand County.

Grand County officials believe McVay was killed trying to scale a rocky cliff wall near the Gore Canyon Rapids.

The Grand County coroner ruled McVay's death an accident, as the kayaker died from blunt force trama due to the fall.

McVay had been reported missing Saturday night after becoming separated from her kayak in the Gore Canyon Rapids.

She got out of the water and tried to climb a nearby rocky cliff wall when she tumbled to her death, the coroner said.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
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