BREAKING: Local killed in Snake River rafting incident

By on July 14, 2014

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A rafting accident claimed the life of a local woman late Sunday in Grand Teton National Park just north of Moose Landing.

GTNP spokesperson, Jackie Skaggs confirmed that Donna Viehman, 63, of Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene after a raft she was floating in with her husband David and four others overturned when it struck a midstream obstacle. Five members of the party were able to swim to safety to a nearby gravel bar. Viehman was sucked into a fast moving eddy and swept downstream.

Bystanders at Dornan’s spotted something floating in the water. It was Viehman. She was pulled from the river to the east bank and given CPR. Park rangers responded shortly after. All attempts to revive Viehman were unsuccessful. After 45 minutes of CPR she was pronounced dead at approximately 7:35 p.m.

The five remaining members of the boating party were picked up by a passing private raft and brought 3/4 mile to Moose Landing. The incident occurred at 6:20 p.m. on July 13. Park dispatch received a call at 6:25 p.m.

Circumstances leading to the rafting accident are under investigation. All boaters were wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the accident.

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