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NPS: Fatality at the Chains Area

NPS: Fatality at the Chains Area
May 21
04:36 2021

Fatality at theChains Area

PAGE, AZ: On May 14, 2021, at approximately 12:28 p.m., the Glen Canyon Communications Center was notified by the Page Police Department of an unconscious male in the water at the Chains Day Use Area, located near Page, AZ within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Witnesses stated the male recreationally jumped off a cliff into the water, approximately 75 feet below. The deceased has been identified as Apaulo Talashoma, an 18-year-old male. It was reported his residences were transient in nature and included Mesa, Tuba City and Page, Arizona. 

The Page Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff’s Department, and National Park Service (NPS) Glen Canyon National Park Rangers responded. Shortly after the initial call, responding agencies were notified that the victim was being transported by private vessel to the Wahweap Boat Ramp. At approximately 12:43 p.m., NPS Rangers and Page Fire Department met the incoming vessel, where the victim was pronounced deceased by the Page Fire Department. The victim was transported to the NPS Wahweap Ranger Station, where they were met by the responding Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office staff. He was transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff, AZ.  Assisting agencies include the Page Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff Department, Page Fire Department, and NPS Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  

The incident is under investigation by the Page Police Department, NPS, and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. 

The National Park Service, Page Police Department, and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office express our condolences to the family. No further information is available at this time.  

People who recreate on or around Lake Powell are advised it is prohibited to jump or dive off of rock cliffs, ledges, or man-made structures (excluding vessels) from a height of 15 feet or more from the surface of the water. More safety information is available here: Safety – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) 

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