Whitewater Accidents Reported to AW January-June 2010

The AW database collects accounts of fatal paddlesport accidents and near-misses in fast moving water. So far this year there were 14 Kayaks,11 Canoes, 4 Commercial Rafts and 9 Private Rafts involved in 31 accidents and 34 deaths nationwide. Although there were more kayaking fatalities than usual, only 5 involved members of the mainstream U.S. whitewater community. Increasingly, the victims are newcomers in recreational designs. Rafting deaths were often linked to high water. Surprisingly, guide trainees and other company employees lost their lives in three of the four incidents. The primary causes were as follows: No PFD's carried or worn - 10, caught by a Low-Head Dam hydraulic - 7, Flush Drownings - 8, and Strainer Pins - 4. Distribution by state: Colorado - 5, California - 3. Six other states had 2 reportable fatalities each. Breaking with stereotypes, men over the age of 40 lost their lives in 20 of the deaths.

PLEASE SEND ANY CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS TO:
Charlie Walbridge, American Whitewater Safety Editor - ccwalbridge at cs.com

 

Whitewater Accidents Reported to American Whitewater
Jan-June 2010

Date

ST

Name

Age

Boat

River

Section

Class

Cause

 

 

Don’t add your name to the list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010-06-27

OK

Aaron Reed

24

Canoe

Mountain Fork River

 

 

??

2010-06-27

SD

Jeremy Rogers, Sierra Rogers, Andrew Korth

38,
11,
26

Canoe

Belle Fourche River

 

X

Low Head Dam

2010-06-25

CO

Milton Crosby,
Lon Mills

79,
74

Raft

Arkansas River

Salida to Rincon

III

No PFD,
Low Head Dam

2010-06-24

ID

Michael Blankartz 

28

Canoe

Spokane River

Post Falls Dam to State Line

II

PFD Not Worn

2010-06-23

CO

Patrick Bush

66

Comml Raft

Eagle River

Dowd Chutes

IV

Flush Drowning

2010-06-22

IL

Adam Stapleton

32

Kayak

Salt Creek

 

 

Strainer

2010-06-21

CA

Grady l. Singletary

47

Comm
Raft

Kaweah River

Park Boundary to Dinley Bridge

IV

Blunt Force Trauma

2010-06-19

IN

Fred DiGenova

43

Kayak

Eel River

 

X

Low-Head Dam

2010-06-14

CA

Timothy “Bo” James

53

Kayak

Brush Creek

Rincon Camp to Kern R

IV

Flush Drowning

2010-06-14

CA

Dr. Leon Wescombe
 (Australian)

29

Kayak

Middle Fork Cosumnes R.

FS Route 9N60 to Mt. Aukum Rd

IV

Likely Entrapment

2010-06-12

UT

Lawrence Evero

47

Raft

Colorado River

Rose Ranch to Moab

II

Flush Drowning

2010-06-12

ND

Unidentified Man

40

Canoe

Kettle River

 

IV

No PFD

2010-06-09

MT

James Dewhurst

55

Comm Raft

Rock Creek
(Missoula Co)

Mid & W Fk, conf. to Clark Fork R

 

No PFD,
Wearing waders

2010-06-05

CO

William Spang

48

Raft

Eagle River

Dowd Chutes

IV

Flush Drowning

010
06-04

ID

Michael Fitzpatrick

59

Raft

Middle Fork Salmon River

Dagger Falls to Cache Bar

IV

Flush Drowning

2010-05-30

CO

Robert Reiter

20

Raft

Piedra River

1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra CG

IV

Strainer

2010-05-30

CO

Nikki Innes

22

Raft

Arkansas River

Buena Vista to Fisherman's Br.

III

Strainer

2010-05-24

OK

Derek Richardson

31

Kayak

Arkansas River

In Tulsa, OK

 

No PFD,
Low head dam

2010-05-15

PA

Tom Bonafini

59

Kayak

Stonycreek

Canyon
Third Ugly Sister

III

Heart attack

2010-05-04

VA

Ryan Schultz

22

Kayak

Shenandoah River

Near Shannondale Springs WMA

 

??
Solo Paddler

2010-05-03

KY

Robert Archer

55

Kayak

Green River

 

 

Strainer,
High water

2010-04-24

UT

2 Unidentified Men

20’s

Raft

North Fork Virgin River

Zion Narrows

IV

No PFD

2010-04-07

VA

Mark Grand

51

Kayak

North Fork Shenandoah R.

Above Shenandoah Caverns

X

Low Head Dam

2010-04-01

PA

George Lockey Jr.

62

Kayak

Red Moshannon

Peale Bridge to W Br. Susquehanna

II

Massive Stroke

2010-03-25

NH

Alan Benjamin

65

Kayak

Connecticut River

Near Hanover, NH

 

No PFD,
Solo Paddler

2010-03-22

MO

Wesley Wood

17

Canoe

Shoal Creek

Near Neosho, MO

X

Low Head Dam

2010-03-22

WV

Allan Keith Stewart

52

CommlRaft

Cheat River

Canyon

IV

Flush Drowning, Health Problems

2010-03-21

NJ

Robert Baldwin

58

Canoe

Delaware River

Lambertville Wing Dam

III

Flush Drowning,
Hypothermia

2010-03-20

MA

Edward Lynde

53

Kayak

Green River

Near Greenfield, MA

 

Strainer

2010-03-16

MA

Jimmy O'Brien

47

Kayak

Hubbard  Brook

Granville S.P. to Route 20

V

bad hydraulic

2010-03-07

OR

Unidentified Man

?

Canoe

Willamette River

Near Springfield, OR

 

Flush Drowning,
Hypothermia

2010-02-27

NH

Cassandra Ray

21

Canoe

Exeter River

In Raymond, NH

 

Washed
Under Ice

2010-01-14

Ecuador

Chad Stoner
(American)

36

Kayak

Anzu River

 

III

Equipment trap,
S-skirt Snagged