Oregon man dies while kayaking on Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - The body of an Oregon man has been recovered from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, authorities say.

The victim, 31-year-old Curtis Joyce of Portland, Oregon, was part of a private river trip of nine kayakers nearing the end of a 12 day river trip, according to a press release from the park’s public affairs office.

Joyce was discovered capsized and unresponsive in his kayak near the Lower Whitmore camp Tuesday evening.

Authorities say members of the group attempted CPR, but their attempts to resuscitate Joyce were unsuccessful.

Due to the time of day and approaching darkness, park rangers were not able to fly into the Grand Canyon until Wednesday morning to recover Joyce’s body.

There is an investigation into the incident by the National Park Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner.

No further information was available.

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