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Solo River Rafter Dies In Fall Near His Campsite

Canyonlands National Park

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A park concessioner notified staff in the River District on Monday, June 16th, that a man had failed to appear for his scheduled pickup from a nine-day river trip. A check of river permits confirmed that he was overdue. An air and water search was conducted along a 100-mile-long stretch of the Green River that day in an effort to find him, but without success. On Tuesday, the search operation included searchers checking roads adjacent to the river, flying over the area via helicopter, and checking the river from four boats – two NPS, one Utah state park, and one Emery County. Late that afternoon, they found the body of 62-year-old Douglas Fisher of Brookline, Massachusetts. It appears that Fisher was camped along the river and that he fell about 40 feet to his death from a spot near his campsite on or about June 8th. The site of the accident was outside the park on a stretch of the river known as Bull Hollow. River rangers assisted staff from the Emery County Sheriff’s Department with the body recovery.



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