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Seattle woman dies during Grand Canyon raft trip

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — In a story June 5 about the death of a Seattle woman during a raft trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, the Associated Press, relying on information provided by Grand Canyon National Park, reported erroneously the woman’s name. The woman was Catherine Newman, not Kathy Newman, said Trish Lees, spokeswoman for the Coconino County Public Health Services District.

A corrected version of the story is below:

The woman died at Grand Canyon National Park after suffering an apparent allergic reaction while on a commercial raft trip on the Colorado River.

Park officials say 54-year-old Catherine Newman could not be revived after she was stricken late Tuesday of last week. Her body was helicoptered out of the canyon the next day.

Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski says no information is available on what might have triggered Newman’s apparent allergy reaction.

The spokeswoman says the National Park Service is conducting an investigation and that the Coconino County Medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Newman’s group was on the fifth day of a seven-day trip through the canyon.


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