Drowning in Cataract Canyon Page, Ariz. –
A 37 year old male drowned Saturday, May 16 while rafting on the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The accident occurred in Cataract Canyon at a set of rapids known as Big Drop 2. The rapids are located approximately 30 miles upriver from Hite, Utah. I think this is the first time I've heard about a fatality in Cataract Canyon. The following article was sent from InsideNPS.
The article can be found at https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/news/drowning-in-cataract-canyon.htm
GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Rafter Drowns In Cataract Canyon Michael Don Carlos, 37, of Nederland, Colorado, was thrown from a raft and into Big Drop Two, a dangerous rapid, while passing through Cataract Canyon on a rafting trip on the afternoon of May 16th. He was able to hold onto the raft at first, but let go for unknown reasons. Without the raft’s high flotation, he was pulled under the surface of the violent rapids and drowned. His body was recovered by a park concessioner and brought downriver, then transferred to the state medical examiner’s office.
Contact Information Name: Bryan Yetter, Subdistrict Ranger
Michael Gregory Don Carlos of Nederland, Colorado was rafting the river with friends when he was thrown from the raft and into the rapids. He was pulled under and drowned when he lost contact with the raft. His body was recovered at the accident site.
37-year-old Colorado man drowned in Colorado River after he was thrown from a raft
PAGE, Ariz. — A 37-year-old Colorado man drowned in Colorado River rapids after he was thrown from a raft. The National Park Service said Monday that Michael Gregory DonCarlos of Nederland, Colo. was thrown from his raft and into the river's rapids on Saturday in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The drowning occurred in Cataract Canyon at a set of rapids known as Big Drop 2, about 30 miles upriver from Hite, Utah. The water pulled Don Carlos under and he drowned. His body was recovered at the accident site. Don Carlos had been rafting the river with friends. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area encircles the area around Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah line.