Skip to comments.Simi Valley Man Dies After Trying to Rescue Wife From Grand Canyon River Raft Accident
Posted on 10/05/2018 2:29:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin
A medical examiners office has confirmed a body recovered from the Grand Canyon is that of a missing California man... 67-year-old Mike Howard of Simi Valley...
His body was pulled from downstream of Phantom Ranch on Sept. 14, about 10 miles from where he last was seen a week earlier....
Authorities say Howard tried to rescue his wife when she slipped into the Colorado River during a commercial rafting trip. Both swam through a river rapid.
Others in the group that was setting out for a day hike pulled Howards wife from the water.
(Excerpt) Read more at ktla.com ...
Mike was a hero. He walked past my house every day. May he rest in peace.
Not a bad way to die.
It was a good death.
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Rafting the Colorado through the Grand Canyon is a life goal for many experienced rafters...its a serious endeavor and not a trip for the uninitiated.
I say this as a dues paying member of the Arkansas River Swim Team
Amen. That’s the way I wanna go. Saving some (or trying to) ones life.
Sad. A friend of mine lost his wife to the river in King’s Canyon some years ago.
Our nation has done so much with innovation to shields us from the simple fact that nature is always ready to kill us at a moment’s notice. RIP
The mine has operated 30 years without a bear injury.
A glorious death
Counter attacking my ass
They always attack attack
Its their nature
I walked a four mile trail at dusk tonight in middle Tn near where a puma has been spotted on trail cams ranging his domain
Believe me I was aware of it
Were not accustomed to that here in this century
For 7 years I have been making my way down the Yukon starting in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. I’m now down to Ft. Yukon in Alaska and I’m always by myself. I sleep on the river bank each night in a cold camp after having cooked a meal around ten miles or so upriver.
I think 2 things relative to this article about this specific incident:
1. Working in bear country you must have an INSTANT and EFFECTIVE way to defend yourself. I have a 50 caliber S & W 5 shot revolver hanging from my neck at all times.
2. I think requiring some poor guy to work out in the bush in the middle of a large bear population without a sure fire way to protect himself has opened this company up for some major litigation.
Another article I read in the Coeur d’Alene Press said they missed their employees BEAR SPRAY! Is that nuts or is that nuts!
That guide gutting the elk in Wyoming had his Glock in his backpack. Lot of good that did him.
Brave man. RIP.
Google “Ken Cates” bear attack.
You will see a similar mistake. Cates was a very experienced Alaska woodsman. He died of a bear attack. Investigators later determined 3 things not good: 1. His gun was left leaning against a tree at the moment of attack 5 feet away. 2. His gun was too small being a .270 caliber bolt action.
3. The bear had tracked him for miles indicating that he was not AWARE of his surroundings.
I ALWAYS, ALWAYS have my 50 caliber hanging around my neck. I NEVER cook and sleep in the same place. I stay completely the hell out of brush. All my food is kept in a “bear barrel”. I have trip wires completely surrounding my camp 100 feet out. If they are tripped, a screeching sound will be set off.
Bottom line, if you care about breathing you can’t be too careful in bear country particularly when your by yourself which I always am.
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