Arizona woman dies while rafting Colorado River


by Carina Sonn

Posted on June 3, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 3 at 9:58 PM

RADIUM, Colo. -- A freak accident on the Colorado River has claimed the life of an Arizona woman.

66-year-old Susan Pyeatt-Terpening of Glendale, was rafting with some co-workers on Thursday near Radium, Colorado, when officials say the raft overturned.

The trip was a reward for high work performance, according to her boss at Imagine Technologies in Phoenix. The company is based in Colorado.

Family members were told that everyone was thrown off the raft, but safely made it back on. Sue was talking and appeared to be fine, but then lost consciousness.

Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

The intermediate rapids have been running quick and high because of a heavy snowfall, according to authorities.

Pyeatt-Terpening has three kids and six grand-children.

Friends say Sue was funny, always trying to make people laugh even when she forgot the punchline. She also volunteered with the Phoenix Children's Choir and YMCA.

Her death remains under investigation. A cause of death is pending based on autopsy results.

Family members say Pyeatt-Terpening had no underlying medical conditions.