Search on for 3 swept down river in Grand Canyonby The Associated Press on May. 01, 2009, under Local, Special
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK — Grand Canyon National Park officials say they’re searching for three people who were seen being swept away in the Colorado River on Thursday morning.
Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge says witnesses reported seeing the three jumping into the river at a spot known as Boat Beach and then being swept down river. The location is in the canyon bottom just upriver from the main park headquarters on the South Rim.
Oltrogge says park rangers were summoned by witnesses who used an emergency phone. Rangers in helicopters and on foot are conducting the search with help from a private rafting firm.
The river is cold at this time of year, with water temperatures of about 50 degrees.