During the period of July 12-16, U.S. Park Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park responded to the following incidents:
Thursday, July 12
o A Grand Canyon woman (name withheld, age not reported) was cited for unreasonable noise stemming from a water fight at Maswik Cabins.
o A Grand Canyon man (name withheld, age not reported) was cited for under the influence of alcohol after he was found lying on the pavement in front of Maswik Lodge.
o An emergency medical call was taken at the 1.5-Mile Rest House of a 36-year-old man with a history of hypertension complaining of exhaustion and vomiting. Preventative Search and Rescue rangers responded and found no indications of dehydration or other problems. The man rested and hiked out on his own.
o An emergency medical call was taken at Crystal Rapid of a 49-year-old woman with an injury to her right hand. While on a river trip, the woman’s hand was pinned between the raft and its frame, resulting in possible fractured fingers and bleeding. The woman was flown out and transported to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic.
o Rangers received a call at 8 p.m. of a hiker 3/4 of a mile down the Bright Angel Trail who was off the trail and "not mentally coherent." While a hasty search was in progress, the reporting party indicated that the hiker had made it off the trail at 8:30 p.m. as evidenced by two separate contacts from NPS rangers.
Friday, July 13
o Rangers responded to a report of neglected puppies at a Trailer Village address. On arrival, rangers found the puppies had no water, no identification and were being self-choked by their metal chain. There was no one at the residence, so the puppies were taken to the Grand Canyon Kennel.
o A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were contacted for possession of marijuana in the woods between the General Offices and Shrine of the Ages. Juvenile referrals were filed.
o Ian Ronk, 20, Grand Canyon, was cited for minor consumption of alcohol.
o An emergency medical call was taken at Crystal Rapid of a 42-year-old man with a chest injury and possible fractured ribs. Two aircraft flying over the area had seen mirror flashes and called dispatch. The man, who was injured in a kayaking accident, was flown out and transferred to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic.
o An emergency medical call involving two individuals was taken at Phantom Ranch. One visitor was suffering from heat-related illness and dehydration while the other was suffering from hyponatremia. Both received care throughout the previous night from Phantom Ranch personnel. They were simultaneously flown out.
o Rangers reported a boat accident a Devil’s Cove within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Meadview rangers responded and found the vessel had struck a shallow reef. A 31-year-old woman was flown to a Las Vegas hospital and the operator was arrested for boating under the influence.
Saturday, July 14
o Nilton Nez, 27, Grand Canyon, was cited for shoplifting a bottle of alcohol from Canyon View Marketplace.
o An emergency medical call was taken (site not reported) of a 19-year-old man with a rash on his upper body. The patient self-transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
Sunday, July 15
o Rangers responded to a report of a motor-vehicle accident in the Market View Plaza parking lot between a motor home and a Camero. There were no injuries.
o Rangers responded to a vehicle striking a tree along East Rim Drive. The driver reported the accident after arriving in Grand Canyon Village. There was property damage only.
o Rangers responded to an alarm at the Community Building. The alarm was caused by fault in a phone line. It was silenced and Grand Canyon Association was notified.
o Rangers received a report of a white male who approached a visitor’s child behind the Bright Angel Lodge along the rim. The only information available was a white male wearing a baseball cap. The parents advised officials that they were so offended, they were leaving the park immediately. Rangers responded, however, could not locate anyone matching the description given.
o Rangers responded to a report of a woman screaming her daughter’s name at the El Tovar Hotel. The mother and daughter were reunited before rangers’ arrival.
o Rangers contacted a family at a Desert View parking lot with a disabled rental vehicle that required tow service. The family waited 2 1/2 hours for assistance from Fred Harvey Garage.
o Rangers reported that the Desert View and Mather campgrounds were full and overflow campers were found in several parking lots and overlooks.
o An emergency medical call was taken at Trailer Village of a 16-year-old girl with mild hyponatremia symptoms. The girl was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
o Rangers received a report of a plane crash at an air strip near Cliff Dwellers. The single-engine turbo plane carried two passengers, both receiving minor injuries. The crash site was not within Park Service boundaries.
o Rangers received a report of a 21-year-old man who was overdue from a hike. The man left Friday morning with an itinerary of hiking down Grandview Trail across the Tonto Trail to the South Kaibab Trail and down to Phantom Ranch in one day. Friends of the hiker reported him missing when he failed to show up for work Sunday morning. Searches began late Sunday afternoon and the man was found on the Tonto Trail at Boulder Creek. He was flown out for medical evaluation. The hiker had not had food or water since Friday afternoon.
o Rangers assisted the Navajo Police Department in a search for a Flagstaff resident who was overdue hiking to Sipapu on the Little Colorado River, about seven miles upstream from the confluence with the Colorado River. The subject walked out on his own.
o An emergency medical call was taken on the Bright Angel Trail of a 17-year-old girl with a sore knee. Preventative Search and Rescue rangers helped the girl walk out from the second tunnel on the trail.
o An emergency medical call was taken on the South Kaibab Trail of a 16-year-old girl with an ankle injury. The girl was assisted down the trail to the landing zone at Cedar Ridge, flown out and transported to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic.
o Rangers responded to a report via satellite phone of a commercial motor boat stuck on a rock at River Mile 105. Whitewater rescuers were inserted less than a mile upstream of the boat via helicopter and swam with boogie boards for access. Two rescuers spent the night on rafts with passengers. They secured the boat with were able to work it free in rising water at first light. The rescuers were then evacuated via helicopter in the morning.
Monday, July 16
o Rangers received a report of a hit-and-run accident on Hermit Road at around 1 p.m. at the First Trail overlook. No injuries were reported.
o Rangers responded to a motor-vehicle accident involving a minivan and a full-size van. The full-size van had been driving in reverse along South Village loop. The minivan received damage. There were no injuries.
o An emergency medical call was taken about one mile down the South Kaibab Trail of a 16-year-old girl with an injured ankle. The girl was assisted to Cedar Ridge and evacuated via helicopter and transferred to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic.