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Old 07-09-2012   #1
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AW Draft Summary: Whitewater Accident Jan-June 2012

This year 18 fatal accidents were reported to American Whitewater by July 1, less than half of the 40 reported last year. The reason for the difference, in a word, is drought! While almost every part of the country had unusual periods of high water in 2011, this year there has been widespread drought. Accidents are linked to the number of people running rivers; less water reduces participation and lowers exposure to risk. This is a draft summary of the activity so far. Your comments, corrections, and additions are welcome.

Charlie Walbridge
AW Database Manager

AW Draft Summary: Whitewater Accident Jan-June 2012

Date State - Victim - Age Boat River Section - Cause
06-27-OR-Edwin Rutkowski- 68- Open Canoe -McKenzie River-Olallie CG to Leaburg Dam- No PFD
06-24-MT-Brenda Reiner- 57- Raft-Middle Fork Flathead River-Moccasin Creek to West Glacier- Strainer
06-17-ID-Tracy Ruby- 45- Raft-South Fork Payette River-Swirly Canyon- No PFD
06-16-WA-Jennifer Watson- 38- Kayak-Little White Salmon-Willard to Columbia River- Undercut Rock
06-06-MT-Harold Vaughan- 21- Kayak-Gallatin River-Gallatin Gateway- Strainer
06-03-ID-Jonathan Boling- 34- Raft-Middle Fork Salmon River-Velvet Falls - Health Prob
05-27-ID-Mark McCoy- 29- Raft-Salmon River-Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam- Flush Drowning
05-26-WV-Eddie Ramsey- 59- John Boat-New River-Gorge: Cunard to Fayette Station- No PFD
05-16-WV-Bradley Alexander- 41- Unknown-New River-McCreery to Thurmond- No PFD
05-12-WA-Drew Nielson- 61- Raft-Green River-Green River Gorge- Failed Rescue
05-06-CA-Stan Decker- 59- Comm Raft-North Fork American River-Chamberlain Falls- Flush Drowning
04-29-WV-Darrin Rennee- 45- Comm Raft-Gauley River-Lower Mash Rapid-Health Problem
04-28-OR-Heather Bishop- 39- SUP-Chetco River-Near Brookings, OR- Strainer, Equip. Trap
04-17-WV-Jason Moore- 38- Open Canoe-New River-Thurmond to Cunard- Health Prob. on Shore
04-17-WA-Daniel Kuhn- 24- Raft-Chehalis River-Rainbow Falls to Meeskill- Unknown
04-15-NC-Unidentified Man- ??- Rental Raft-Nantahala-Power Plant to Wesser-Long Swim Health Prob
03-06- FOR-Mark Hentze- 37- Kayak-Rio Santo Domingo, Columbia-- Flash Flood
01-28-PA-Nicholas Herr- 24- Kayak-Susquehanna River-Near Muddy Creek Access- Long Swim
01-08-WV-Robert Norr-- Kayak-Blackwater-Flatliner Falls- Undercut Rock
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