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Old 07-16-2013   #1
 
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Death at Blossom Barr

Yesterday a 58 year old man from N.C. died at Blossom Barr. No name or details as of yet.

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From the Eugene Register Guard

S. Carolina man dies rafting on Rogue

GOLD BEACH A South Carolina man died after falling into the Rogue River when his raft got stuck in a rapid.

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop said Monday that he was waiting for the body to be examined by the medical examiner to know whether the man drowned or died of a medical issue.

Steven D. Hoyer, 57 of Spartanburg, S.C., died Friday at Blossom Bar, a Class IV rapid in the wild section of the popular whitewater river.

Bishop said Hoyer was wearing a life jacket and a helmet as he tried to free his raft from a line of rocks known as the Picket Fence.

He initially told others along the river he was fine, but was not conscious when people got to him at the bottom of the rapid.
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Actually happened on Friday July 12th, 2013.
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The news channel here sucks.
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Sad. Does anyone know what the level was on Friday?
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About 1,700 cfs at Blossom on Friday.
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I've boated with Steve, he was a very competent boater, loved being on the river and was great to hang out with in camp. He will be missed.
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I wondered.... While I have no clue what happened here, I have ran Blossom at around 1800 cfs and the eddy at the top gets almost non existant. It's been a few years but I have actually ran right of everything before after scouting it at about this level. Seems like just about every time I hear of something bad happening there the level is a just a few clicks below 2000 cfs.
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Photos NOT from accident

Here's some shots of Blossom from the week before the death. Same level. Slots get smaller but current slows a bit. Lots of undercuts.

Even the best boaters can get in trouble. My condolences to friends and family.
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Here's some shots of Blossom from the week before the death. Same level. Slots get smaller but current slows a bit. Lots of undercuts.

Even the best boaters can get in trouble. My condolences to friends and family.
Aerocam - It's not my intention to hijack this thread, but I just have the need to say that the picture you posted of the kid standing on the picket fence freaks me out. That's just the wrong place for a kid to be. If that was my kid, I'd think I'd be way more concerned about getting him/her out of that situation, and less concerned about my wrapped boat.

Blossom sucks. I was there 5 days prior to the recent death. I never feel good when I row through that section. Too many souls are lost there, and it's tough for me to not dwell on the fact that the river is non-partial. We tend to believe we are close to nature when we're on the river. ...Nature is heartless, and this is obstacle is nothing a wake-up call to that fact.

I'd like to raise a symbolic beer to the latest victim - May your next river trip be as endless as you want it to be, and the days long and sunny.
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