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Rafting Accident Leaves One Dead At Grand Teton National Park


Grand Teton National Park rangers Monday were investigating the circumstances around a rafting accident on the Snake River that left a Wyoming woman dead.

Donna Viehman, 63, of Jackson, was in a raft with five others, including her husband, when it hit something in the river Sunday evening and overturned, a park release said. All six occupants were knocked into the river.

"After the raft flipped, five of the boaters were able to reach a gravel bar in the middle of the river. A passing private raft picked up the stranded boaters and floated them the remaining three-quarters of a mile to the Moose Landing, where they were eventually met by park rangers and emergency medical providers," park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs wrote. "However, Viehman was caught in the fast-moving current and swept downstream. Bystanders near the Dornan’s landing on the east bank of the Snake River saw something floating in the water and were able to determine that it was a person. They quickly reached the riverbank, pulled Viehman, who was unresponsive, out of the water. They also started CPR in an attempt to revive her."

While paramedics performed CPR on the woman, who had been wearing a life jacket, for 45 minutes, she was pronounced dead at approximately 7:35 p.m. Sunday.

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