River tour boat hits sandbar near Moab; minor injuries
MOAB, Utah — One person suffered a possible leg fracture and several people were taken to the hospital as a precaution after a Colorado River tour boat with 30 people aboard ran aground on a sandbar, Utah authorities said.
Grand County Steven White said the 38-foot jet boat, which was carrying 30 people including two crew members, got stuck in the river after settling onto a sandbar about 7:40 p.m. Monday.
Boat operators had steered closer to the riverbank to allow oncoming canoes and inner-tube riders to pass by, but the vessel got stuck when they tried to resume their course.
As boat operators tried to back the watercraft off the sandbar, White said, some people were caught out of their seats and thrown about. Nobody ended up in the water, but some people suffered minor injuries.
Emergency crews responded to the scene to assess the injuries. The boat eventually dislodged, and passengers were unloaded at the Gold Bar Recreation Site. Some were transported to Moab Regional Hospital.
The boat, which is operated by Canyonlands by Night tour company, was not damaged in the incident.
Utah State Parks is investigating.