On Tuesday, March 18, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call via satellite phone reporting a fatality on the Colorado River. The victim, a 31-year-old male, was part of a private river trip of nine self-supported kayakers nearing the end of a 12-day river trip.

Curtis Joyce, of Portland, Oregon, was discovered capsized and unresponsive in his kayak near river mile 189, also known as the Lower Whitmore camp. Members of the group attempted CPR, however, all attempts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful. Due to the time of day and approaching darkness, rangers were not able to fly into the canyon until Wednesday morning, when they recovered the body.

An investigation of the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No further information is available at this time.