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Fri June 2, 2006
Three Die in Rafting Accident
Laramie, Wy – A tragic accident Friday on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, where three people drowned when their raft overturned.
Ten people have been rescued, including the boatman from park concessionaire Grand Teton Lodge Company.
It happened at about 11-o-clock this morning, and area search-and-rescue teams were immediately dispatched. By the time they arrived, one person had become caught in a log jam. Attempts to revive two others were unsuccessful.
Joan Anzelmo is a spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park. She says the boatman and nine passengers were rescued, including one person who had been stranded on an island in the river.
Preliminary reports indicate everyone was wearing a personal floatation device, but authorities are still investigating that and all other aspects of the accident.
Anzelmo says the victims were two women and a man. She says they weren't locals, but she's NOT releasing their names or hometowns yet, because the Park Service is still trying to notify their families.