A 70-year-old Moab man was found dead this week in the Colorado River northeast of Moab.

James Laverne Gregoire was on a family outing on the Colorado River near milepost 7 on state Route 128 on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, a young family member wearing flotation devices went too far out from the shore, and Gregoire swam out to bring him back. He yelled that he was having cramps and went under water, but he did not surface. The child made it back to shore safely.

Responding units, including members of a dive team with the Moab Fire Department, initiated a search of the river. Gregoire was located at 11:54 a.m. by a member of the dive team. He was found at a depth of 10 feet approximately 30 feet from shore and in the location where he went under water, the sheriff’s office reported.