Rafters drown in Colorado, Dolores rivers

An Ohio man died Monday after his raft flipped in a treacherous section of Westwater Canyon in Utah.

Dennis L. Young, 57, of Columbus, Ohio, drowned after a raft he shared with two others flipped near Skull Rapids around 3:30 p.m., the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Two other people who were in the raft, along with a dog, were rescued quickly.

Resuscitation on Young after he was pulled from the river was unsuccessful. He was wearing a life jacket and helmet.

The rafting group continued down the river to the take-out at Cisco, which is about 50 miles northeast of Moab.

Grand County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Curt Brewer said Young was part of an eight-person party on two rafts, which were put in the Colorado River on Friday at Loma.

Monday’s accident happened the day after high water flipped a raft and killed an Arizona woman on the Upper Dolores River in southwest Colorado.

Montezuma County Sheriff Gerald Wallace said the body of 40-year-old Jeanne Haylett of Flagstaff was found Monday not far from where the raft capsized a day earlier, according to The Associated Press.

Sheriff’s Department Lt. Ted Meador said neither foul play nor alcohol is suspected.

Meador said one other person who was in the raft swam to safety. He said the raft capsized in rough water 200 to 300 yards from where it was launched. Haylett’s life preserver was found downstream Sunday night.


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