Fatal boat accident in Grand Teton National Park

MOOSE, WY — A 44-year-old raft guide died Tuesday evening in a rafting accident on the Snake River.

A Grand Teton Lodge Company scenic float raft on a training trip got caught in a snag near the historic Bar BC Dude Ranch, according to a press release from Grand Teton National Park. A few of the passengers and eventually the boat operator, who are all Grand Teton Lodge Company Employees, fell into the water trying to dislodge the raft. The passengers were able to climb safely onto the log snag and back into the raft, but the boat operator was missing.

Rangers responded to a call for help at about 3:30pm with multiple rescue boats and medical/rescue personel. Teton County Search and Rescue helped look for the man by air. The body of the boat operator was found near the snag at about 5:15pm and Teton County Coroner declared the victim deceased.

The other passengers were unharmed. The victim has been identified as Brian Allen, 44, of Moran, Wyoming.

The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the accident.

On June 12 2018, authorities in Grand Teton National park made an announcement warning boaters of numerous logjams that had created unpredictable and unusually challenging conditions on the Snake River between Deadman’s Bar and Moose Landing, specifically in the area directly upstream of Bar BC Ranch.

Aerial photo of the 2018 Log Jam on the Snake River directly upstream of Bar BC Ranch.


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