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Spate of Accidents At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Point To Need for Visitors To Be Safer


A series of accidents this week at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area points to the need for visitors to the National Park System to be safer in what they do.

In one case, a 3-year-old boy from Cortez, Colorado, was unsupervised in a pool at the Lake Powell Resort and nearly drowned, according to a release from the NRA.

"The child was unconscious so his father and a vacationing off-duty firefighter immediately began CPR efforts. When NPS rangers arrived minutes later, the boy had regained consciousness and begun breathing on his own," said a release from Glen Canyon. "They maintained his airway and monitored vital signs. The boy and his mother were flown by Classic Lifeguard to the Flagstaff Medical Center for further treatment. He was held overnight for observation and released" Wednesday morning.

On Monday, an 11-year-old from California sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a Jet Ski on Lake Powell in the Reflection Canyon area, the NRA noted. "The child was
transported by private boat to Dangling Rope Marina and airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he remains in the intensive care unit. The Jet Ski was being controlled by an underage operator at the time of the accident," the officials said.

Finally, a 46-year-old woman from Idaho was severely injured Monday night when she tried to prevent a houseboat from being blown into another boat in Bullfrog Bay.

"The woman attempted to save the ski boat and became trapped between the vessels. She suffered traumatic head injuries and was stabilized by NPS rangers at the Bullfrog Clinic, before being flown to the Valley Medical Center in Orem, Utah for further
treatment," the NRA said.

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