JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — A Utah woman is dead following a rafting accident during a church trip Thursday near Jackson Hole. KUTV 2 News reports 54-year-old Pamela Solomon of West Jordan, Utah was on a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints youth river rafting trip in the Snake River near the Wyoming/Idaho border when the boat capsized and she fell into the water. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins told 2News that Solomon was wearing a life jacket and was quickly pulled from the river, but she had swallowed a significant amount of water and required emergency resuscitation. Hawkins said Solomon died after being transported to a hospital in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “Sister Solomon was a beloved Young Women’s president and we mourn with her family and the members of her congregation as they face this tragic loss,” Hawkins said in a statement. Solomon was in the West Jordan 27th Ward and a talented photographer who owned her own studio, according to her Facebook page.
Pamela Solomon (KUTV) Friends and family are paying tribute to an LDS youth conference leader who died during a rafting accident during a church trip in Idaho Thursday. West Jordan resident Pamela Solomon, 54, was participating in a youth river rafting trip when she fell from her raft into the Snake River. Solomon's son, Travis Jacobson, said she had a history of poor health issues. She had been battling a rare autoimmune disease called Sarcoidosis. "She did not have the best lungs. And that's something she's been fighting her whole life," he said. "She went into cardiac arrest and that was it."
Church spokesman, Eric Hawkins told 2News in a statement that Solomon was wearing a life jacket and was quickly pulled from the river, but had swallowed a significant amount of water and required emergency resuscitation. Hawkins said Solomon passed away after being transported to a hospital in Jackson, Wyoming.