Australian man dies swimming the Grand Canyon

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A 77-year-old man from Australia died while swimming in the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon National Park, the park service said Thursday.

Park rangers responded to an emergency call of assistance on Tuesday for Kenneth Reece of Tasmania, Australia, who was on a river trip, according to the National Park Service. Reece was swimming in area around Deer Creek Falls, where other members of the river trip rescued him and attempted CPR.

Responding rangers took over when they reached River Mile 136 but were unable to resuscitate the man.

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