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Old 01-14-2015   #1
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AW Draft Accident report Summary July-Dec 2014


This year there were 39 whitewater fatalities reported to American Whitewater in 2014, which is slightly below the average number for the last decade. Colorado lead the count with 10, most the result of long swims at high water. Pennsylvania was second with 7. This report, covers the period from July to December and includes 4 kayak, 1 canoe, and six rafting fatalities plus several tubing accidents around low head dams. The count does not include three kayakers who fell into the river in separate incidents and were killed.

January-June 2014 Whitewater Accidents
As Reported to American Whitewater
Draft Report - Corrections and additions welcome!

Date Name Age Boat River Location Cause
2014-11-30, WA, Xavier A. Engle, 27, K-1, S. Fork Stillaguamish River, RobeCanyon, V, Flush Drowning
2014-10-12, CA, Lisa Sayaka Nakamaru, 20, Raft, Putah Creek , Lake Berryessa to Lake Solano, III, Flush Drowning
2014-09-13, TN, Gary Brown, 50, Comm Raft, Ocoee River, Middle Ocoee, IV, Flush Drowning
2014-09-01, ID, Scott Hart, 26, K-2, Snake River, II, Strainer
2014-08-19, CO, Beth McVay, 38, K-1, Colorado River, Gore Canyon, Pyrite Rapid, V, Fall From Shore
2014-08-11, MT, Darien Latty, 22, Tube, Yellowstone River, Below Confluence with Lamar River, ?, No PFD
2014-08-11, AK, Rob Kehrer, 44, IK-Pack Raft, Tana River, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park , III, Flush Drowning
2014-08-02, OR, Daniel D. Lowry, 62, K-1, Deschutes River, Big River CG to Benham Falls, V, Fell From Shore
2014-07-28, CO, William Forshey, 54, K-1, Arkansas River, "Miracle Mile" N. of Buena Vista, III, Fall From Shore
2014-07-28, PA, Matthew Kaliszewsk, 33, Canoe, Elk River, Erie County, Girard, PA, ?, Strainer
2014-07-25, MT, Tristan Iverson, 3, Raft, Bitterroot River, , ?, Strainer
2014-07-24, CO, Mary Johnson, 57, Comm Raft, Arkansas River, Pine Creek Canyon, V, Flush Drowning
2014-07-20, IA, Andrea Zimmermann, 29, Tube, Wapsipinicon River, None, X, Low Head Dam
2014-07-18, MT, Charles P. McJunkin., 81, Raft, Bitterroot River, Beartooth Drop, ?, No PFD
2014-07-13, WY, Donna Viehman, 63, Raft, Snake River, Jackson Lake to Moose , III, Flush Drowning
2014-07-11, CO, Jonathan Kennedy, 40, Kayak, Arkansas River, Granite to Numbers, V, Flush Drowning
2014-07-05, PA, Jody Walker, 50, Kayak, Delaware River, Near Lumberville, NJ, II, Entrapment
2014-07-04, PA, Roland Richmond, Alecia Frye, 58, 50, Tube, Susquehanna R, Lock Haven, PA, X, Low Head Dam

6 Month Totals: Kayak 7(3) Canoe(1) Commercial Raft (2) Private Raft (4) Inflatable Kayak(1)
Yearly Totals: Kayak 14(3) Canoe (6) Commercial Raft (2) Private Raft (10) Inflatable Kayak(1)

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Old 01-14-2015   #2
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Thanks Charlie, always sobering to read those reports.
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Hi Charlie, there were three fatalities on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon during this time period and they do not appear to be listed. I will PM you details. Yours, tom
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OOPS. It says January to June, but your report lists July through November 2014 dates. The three folks I am thinking of passed away in the first half of the year. Yours, tom
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