News | Summit Trip Reports | Partners | Low Point Reports | Dogs
Summary Topics: E-News Archive | Club News | Accidents | Obituaries | Books | Advisories | Site News

 Go to Forum Home  

One of 3 swept away in Grand Canyon found dead

May 3 2009 at 12:58 AM
Ken Akerman  (Login KenAkerman)

Response to May accidents


GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - Search crews on Friday found the body of one of three people who were swept away after they jumped into the Colorado River on a visit to the Grand Canyon.

Canyon officials are waiting to identify him until they can tell his family.

The search continued for the other two men. Searchers were using a helicopter, a dog and other efforts to try to find them.

Garrick Taylor, a spokesman for the Tri-City Baptist Church, said the three were part of a 30-member group that went on a planned three-day hiking trip on Wednesday that the church organizes each year.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge identified the three as 15-year-old Saif Savaya, and two brothers, 16-year-old Mark Merrill and 22-year-old Joey Merrill. None were wearing life vests.

The group was is in the canyon bottom just upriver from the main park headquarters on the South Rim. The river is cold at this time of year, with water temperatures of about 50 degrees. Currents are swift in the area.

All those factors work against them, Oltrogge said.

Taylor said the rest of the group returned to Tempe and is praying for the missing to return home safely.

Joey Merrill is a student at the International Baptist College that the church runs in Tempe, Taylor said. His brother, Mark, lives in the eastern Arizona town of Sanders and went along for the trip.

Savaya is a member of the Phoenix Arabic Bible Church, Taylor said.

Click here for the article.

 Respond to this message   

Find more forums on Mountain RangesCreate your own forum at Network54
 Copyright © 1999-2018 Network54. All rights reserved.   Terms of Use   Privacy Statement  
RSS Feed For This Forum
Privacy Statement | Network54 Terms and Conditions