from the NPS Morning Report on April 30th:JB wrote:2 young dudes just died in zion trying to raft the narrows at high run-off levels on a home-made log raft. I dunno if Man Vs. Wild inspired such an action... but i am sure it will inspire something that shows similarly poor judgement.
Zion National Park (UT)
Two Rafters Drown In Virgin River
On Sunday, April 25th, rangers received a report of an overdue party from a float trip down though the Virgin River Narrows. Investigation revealed that two 23-year-old men from Las Vegas had hiked into the Narrows with the intent of constructing a log raft and floating approximately 50 miles through the Narrows to Hurricane, Utah. The men were not equipped with wetsuits or PFDs, did not have whitewater rafting experience, and had limited camping experience, little food and no overnight gear. They told their father that they intended to record their entire trip on video camera as an entry into the â€œMan vs. Wildâ€