Fraser teen drowns near Moab
July 5, 2009
A Fraser teenager died Saturday after his raft overturned in a turbulent stretch of the Colorado River near Moab.
According to the Grand County, Utah sheriff’s office, the 17-year-old boy from Fraser was on a raft that flipped Saturday afternoon in an area called Funnel Falls. A kayaker saw the teen, who was wearing a lifejacket, get sucked under again in nearby Skull Rapid.
Deputies say the boy was pulled out of the river but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
The boy was identified in a Salt Lake Tribune article as Tim Rau.
According to the Tribune report, Rau’s death was the fifth drowning fatality in the Moab area this year, a number police said is the highest in more than 20 years.
It also was the second death at the same rapids in less than two months; an Ohio man drowned in the same spot Memorial Day.
The Tribune reported that Rau was on a private trip with a group of family and friends. They were traveling on three rafts between the towering red-rock walls of Westwater Canyon. He was riding with his mother, and a family friend.
Rau would have been a senior next fall at Middle Park High School.
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