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Hi All, Our condolences to the families. There are three GRCA press releases below concerning one presumed river related fatality and one known river runner hiking out from a trip fatality. FYI, yours, Tom

Subject: River Trip Hiker Fatality on Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon News Release
Release date: Immediate
Contact(s): Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski
Phone number(s): (928 638-7958 Date: June 29, 2014
Hiker Fatality on Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 11:30 am the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call reporting CPR in progress just above Three-Mile Rest House on the Bright Angel Trail.
Bystanders initiated CPR and National Park Service personnel responded from up trail and assisted with resuscitation efforts. The National Park Service helicopter was able to divert from another medical call at Indian Gardens and respond immediately to Three-Mile Rest House providing Advanced Life Support resuscitation efforts. All attempts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful
The victim is a 62 year old male from Ohio who was hiking out the canyon after completing a commercial river trip. Pending family notifications the identity of the victim is being withheld, once notifications are made the deceased’s identity will be released.
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No additional information is available at this time.
-NPS-
Public Affairs Office
Grand Canyon National Park
Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski
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From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of GRCA Public Affairs, NPS
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2014 2:39 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: News Release: Search Continues for Missing Man on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon News Release
Release date: Immediate
Contact(s): Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski
Phone number(s): 928-638-7958
Date: June 29, 2014
Search Continues for Missing Man on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – National Park Service Search and Rescue crews continue to look for Victor Tseng of Phoenix, AZ who went missing at River Mile 157 on the Colorado River.
Search and Rescue teams searched the area by air and boat on Saturday, June 28th. They continue to search the area by boat. At this time no clues or signs of Mr. Tseng have been found.
Victor Tseng of Phoenix, AZ reportedly fell from a ledge into the river at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, June 27. Tseng was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time and was last seen by members of his party below Havasu Rapids. Tseng is described as 68 years old, 5’7, 175 pounds with grey hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a long-sleeve aquamarine shirt, yellow bandana and tan pants.
The National Park Service is currently conducting a Search and Rescue operation. A missing persons investigation is on-going. No further information is available at this time. Any individual with information on the location of Victor Tseng should contact National Park Service Dispatch at 928-638-7805.
Public Affairs Office
Grand Canyon National Park
Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski

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Grand Canyon News Release
Release date: Immediate Contact(s): Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski
Phone number(s): 928-638-7958
Date: June 28, 2014
Missing Man on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Friday, June 27 at approximately 3:40 p.m. the National Park Service received a satellite phone call from a commercial river trip reporting a missing passenger at River Mile 157 known as Havasu Rapids.
Victor Tseng of Phoenix, AZ reportedly fell from a ledge into the river at approximately 3:10 p.m. Tseng was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time and was last seen by members of his party below Havasu Rapids. Tseng is described as 68 years old, 5’7, 175 pounds with grey hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a long-sleeve aquamarine shirt, yellow bandana and tan pants.
The National Park Service is currently conducting a Search and Rescue operation. A missing persons investigation is on-going. No further information is available at this time. Any individual with information on the location of Victor Tseng should contact National Park Service Dispatch at 928-638-7805.
-NPS-​
 
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