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Old 06-30-2014   #1
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28 Jun 2014 - Drowning near Salida on Arkansas River

Woman missing after rafting accident on Arkansas River : News : FOX21News.com

Rafting at night (gets dark about 9pm this time of year) seems like a bad idea. I don't know the area, so I'm guessing they didn't see the signs about avoiding the diversion dam because it was dark.

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Old 06-30-2014   #2
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Was this a case of gotta-go-itis? There are always many more circumstances that lead up to this kind of accident that jerks like me that are quick to point the finger and get on our soapboxes will ever know, but there is something to be learned here. Why didn't the trip leader scrub the trip or shorten it since they were putting on late? Why didn't they take out somewhere and walk out before it got dark? Evidently he didn't know that section or he would have been looking for the signs posted well before the dam. If he did know that section then why did he miss the signs? That is a long day trip even if putting on before noon. This is what can happen when 3 or 4 bad decisions are made in a row. The trip leader looks to be experienced (based on facebook page) so it doesn't make sense.
Condolences to the family.

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Old 06-30-2014   #3
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gnash, I do not think you are being an armchair quarterback jerk for pointing out the mistakes and learning from them.
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Old 06-30-2014   #4
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I saw this on our local news channel this morning. They reported it as a commercial company accident with no details. Condolances to the family and friends involved.
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Old 06-30-2014   #5
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Third reported death do to this dam. Easily bypassed by a boat chute that has been there awhile, but don't know for how long.


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Old 06-30-2014   #6
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Another unfortunate incident. I run that section regularly. The first notification for the dam s 1 mile above @ Iona's bridge then at 1000 yards then again just above the dam. The water drastically slows just above the dam. Did that section today, no signs. My condolences to family and friends.
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Old 06-30-2014   #7
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She was an amazing person and good friend. Its hard to deal these types of tragedies. She'll be missed deeply by everyone that has ever met her.
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Old 06-30-2014   #8
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I'm really sorry to hear this but, night rafting can be dangerous. Our family was camped at Hecla Junction during the week of FIBArk and had to yank a guy out of the river at 11:30 after he decided to take a night run down Brown's. He left his family 10 miles up river soaked and when we helped him he was damn near hypothermic. He also had lost his bailing bucket and had a full 16 foot raft full of water. Seidel suck hole was right below us and I can't imagine the consequences if he didn't make the eddy.😦
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Old 07-07-2014   #9
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Skikbum66, I'm confused. Are there signs or not? First you said there are 3 different signs and then you say there are no signs. I still have not run that section and would be glad to know what to look for when I do.
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There are big, obvious (during daylight), signs above the dam.

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