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American Whitewater DRAFT Jan-June 2018 Whitewater Accident summary
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American Whitewater DRAFT Jan-June 2018
Whitewater Accident summary
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Date State Name Age Boat River/Section Class Cause
2018-06-24 OH Unidentified Man 22 Raft Licking 1. Newark to Rock Haven Park, I Flush Drowning, One Boat Trip
2018-06-22 ID Travis Berquist 37 Raft Snake River Lower Salmon Falls Dam to Bliss Reservoir
N/A Pinned on bridge abutment, One Boat Trip
2018-06-19 AK Unidentified Man 72 Raft American Creek N/A No PFD, Solo Paddling
2018-06-18 IL Maci Chavez 5 Open Canoe Rock River N/A Dam Hydraulic, One Boat Trip
2018-06-17 MT Unidentified Man Raft Rock Creek
(Lake Fork to Red Lodge. N/A Flush Drowning, High Water
2018-06-15 NC Damien Jamal Mayes 25 Rental Open Canoe Yadkin River N/A No PFD, One Boat Trip
2018-06-10 OH Benjamin Gipson 29 Rec Kayak Great Miami River I No PFD
2018-06-10 VA Gary Allen Price 61 Rec Kayak Shenandoah River I No PFD, High Water
2018-06-09 ID David J. Glenn 53 Raft Middle Fork Salmon IV Flush Drowning
2018-06-09 AR Donald Wright 64 IK-1 Spring River Fulton County N/A Swim into Rock or Sieve, Head Injury
2018-06-08 MT David Hall 70 “boat” Clark Fork N/A Flush Drowning, One Boat Trip, high water
2018-06-04 MD 3 Unidentfied Men Other Potomac River Little Falls N/A Flush Drowning, High water
2018-06-04 CO Christian Sheetz 46 Rec Kayak Arkansas Granite , IV No PFD, Cold Water
2018-06-03 CO Unidentified Man Raft – Comm Clear Creek Green Bay Rock to Rigor Mortis IV Flush drowning, Cold Water
2018-06-02 OR Grady and Cash Troyer 9 Raft Grande Ronde Troy (OR) to Snake River III NO PFD;
One Boat Trip
2018-06-02 GA Alvin Lino 46 Raft – Comm Chattahoochee River Columbus Whitewater Park IV Health Problem
2018-06-01 MI Robin Early 36 Rec Kayak Huron River Near Huron Lake Dam N/A No PFD
2018-06-01 VA Edward Piccola 61 IK-1 South Fork Shenandoah, Bixler’s Bridge to Bentonville I Flush Drowning,
High Water
2018-05-31 IA Alex Denclau 26 Rec Kayak Des Moines River N/A Dam Hydraulic, Solo Paddling
2018-05-28 OR Sharlene Wright Raft Rogue River Gold Hill Boat Ramp to Grants Pass II Swim into Strainer
2018-05-27 MT Edward Conning 65 K-1 Rock Creek (Carbon County) Carbon County) (Lake Fork to Red Lodge
IV Pinned in Boat Against Strainer
2018-05-26 OR Unidentified Man 78 Raft John Day 3. Clarno to Cottonwood, III Heart Attack, PFD Came Off
2018-05-25 NJ Unidentified Man 39 Open Canoe Delaware River I No PFD, One Boat Trip
2018-05-21 MT Chad Newbreast 44 Drift Boat Smith River Camp Baker to Eden Bridge II No PFD, Pinned on Rock or Sieve, High Water
2018-05-15 NC Delmer Melvin “Dale” Garratt 56 K-1 French Broad NC Route 251 to Route 1634 II+ Pinned in Boat against Rock or Sieve, Solo Paddling
2018-05-06 KY Anthony Brown 28 Rec Kayak Rolling Fork River I Dam Hydraulic, No PFD
2018-05-06 TN Anthony Cooper 31 Rec Kayak Elk River I No PFD, High Water
2018-05-05 NC Matthew Ray 20 K-1 Green River Narrows V Pinned in Boat against Rock or Sieve
2018-04-28 NC Burton Greer 34 K-1 Linville River Linville Falls to Lake James V Pinned in Boat against Rock or Sieve
2018-04-25 NC Unidentified Man Rec Kayak South Fork of the Catawba River High Swim into Strainer,
Solo Paddling
2018-04-21 China 17 Unknown Paddlers Dragon Boat Taohua river N/A Dam Hydraulic, Bad Equipment
2018-04-06 IN Keygan Matlock Rec Kayak Driftwood River I No PFD, High Water
2018-04-05 NY Unidentified Man 37 K-1 Ellicott Creek Glen Falls – Williamsville, IV Impact/Trauma
2018-03-28 NZ Keith “Chief” Haare 62 Raft Comm Shotover River IV Health Problem
2018-03-03 NC Maria Noakes 50 K-1 Cheoah Santeetlah Dam to Calderwood Boat Launch, IV Unknown
2018-02-27 MI Devon Chrismas 24 IK Grand River NA Dam Hydraulic, Solo Paddling
2018-02-27 IN Cory Wright 35 Rec Kayak Paw Paw River I High Water, Swim into Strainer
2018-02-13 NY Unidentified Man Rec Kayak Wallkill River, Walden to Sturgeon Pool, II Flush Drowning,
High Water

Although the paddling community was rocked by the deaths of several well-known paddlers this past spring, most fatalities thus far were the result of inexperience combined with widespread high water. A long, wet spring kept rivers high throughout the East and Midwest. There were 40 recreational whitewater deaths in the U.S. so far this year. Of these, 22 were kayaking deaths; half of these (11) involved “recreational” boats not designed for whitewater. These boats are extremely cheap and widely available, and it was inevitable that some would encounter trouble in moving water. There were 3 canoe and 12 rafting deaths, including 4 among professional outfitters and liveries. The top cause (10) was no PFD’s; there were 8 flush drownings, 6 involving downed trees, 6 rock pins or sieves, and 4 caused by dam hydraulics. High water was a factor in 10 fatalities; 9 occurred on solo or one boat trips.

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