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DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
Visitor Dies In Green River Rafting Accident

On the afternoon of July 29th, the park was advised of a rafting accident at Triplet Falls on the Green River. The 54-year-old victim and her husband were part of a private party on the second day of a four-day trip through Lodore Canyon. The woman went into the water and presumably drowned when the raft in which she was riding

flipped in middle Triplet Falls. She was wearing both a life jacket and a helmet at the time her raft overturned. Members of the woman’s party discovered that she was unresponsive when they retrieved her from a pool just below the falls. They conducted CPR for approximately an hour before a commercial rafting group arrived on the scene and provided additional assistance. The commercial group notified the park of the situation by satellite phone and assisted with transporting the woman approximately six miles down river to Echo Park, where NPS and Moffat County Sheriff’s Department staff met them. A Rangely District Hospital ambulance was also waiting at Echo Park to transport her. 

Contact Information: Melissa Cobern, Chief Ranger

ECHO PARK, Colo.—Authorities say a 54-year-old woman has been killed while rafting on the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument. The National Park Service says the woman apparently drowned Wednesday after the raft she was riding in overturned in Triplet Falls. Members of her party found her in a pool just below the falls. She was not responsive. Her party conducted CPR for about an hour before a commercial river rafting group arrived and called the National Park Service by satellite phone. The woman was taken to Echo Park and a waiting ambulance. The park service says no other details are available. The Moffat County sheriff's office and National Park Service are investigating. Dinosaur National Monument straddles Utah and Colorado.

Carol Jacobson dies in boating accident
Local woman owned bookstore, was active in community

By Craig Daily Press Staff Report
July 30, 2009

Carol Jacobson, an active community member, owner of Downtown Books and wife of City Council member Terry Carwile, died Wednesday in an accident on the Green River, through Dinosaur National Monument. The cause of death is currently unknown. Jacobson, 54, was on the second day of a four-day trip through Lodore Canyon.

According to a news release from Dinosaur National Monument, she went into the river when her raft overturned in the middle of Triplet Falls. Members of her rafting party discovered that she was unresponsive when they retrieved her from a pool just below the falls. They conducted CPR for about an hour before a commercial group notified the National Park Service by satellite phone and assisted with transporting Jacobson to Echo Park, where an ambulance was waiting to transport her.

No additional details were available as of Thursday morning. The National Park Service and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation.