US Whitewater Rafting Team just misses speed record

The raft was lined up perfectly for the massive rapid.

The Colorado-based team — eight accomplished paddlers on sliding seats atop a 48-foot custom raft designed to fly down the Grand Canyon — was on pace for a record.

Suddenly the boat was vertical. Then it was broken.

“It sounded like a gunshot,” said Ian Anderson.

“Followed by the sound of a jet engine,” said Seth Mason.

In the pitch black of night on the Colorado River’s burly Lava Falls rapid, an aluminum bar had snapped and punctured a 4-inch hole in the inflatable beam of the custom-built craft.

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