Utah woman and step-grandson swept away in Grand Canyon creek


GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (ABC4 Utah)- Crews are searching for a Utah woman and her step-grandson after they were swept down a remote creek in Grand Canyon National Park.

ABC News reports 62-year-old Lou-Ann Merrell of Vernal and 14-year-old Jackson Standefer of Tennessee lost their footing during a family trip and fell into the creek Saturday.

Officials were alerted when an emergency GPS locator was set off near the canyon’s North Rim. The National Park Service have deployed dozens of rescuers and deployed a drone and helicopter in effort to find the pair.

Family friends tell ABC News Lou-Ann is a very experienced backpacker and has the “skills needed to get them through it”.

The Merrells, Standefer and the boy’s mother were on a path known as Tapeats Trail when the pair fell, authorities said.

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