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Raft Guide Death on South Fork of Payette

River guide dies on South Fork of Payette; passengers survive | Idaho Statesman Local News

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Old 07-02-2007   #2
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sad news.

Here is a follow up from that same paper. Sounds like a foot entrapment!

A 45-year-old river guide drowned Sunday afternoon on the South Fork of the Payette River when his foot got stuck in a rock after the raft he was in capsized, according to Boise County Sheriff’s reports.Dean Fairburn, 45, of Garden Valley, died as a result of drowning Sunday afternoon, according to Boise County Coroner reports.
The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. on the Staircase rapids, according to reports. Fairburn and his passengers were thrown in the water when their raft hit a rock in the rapids. Everyone else in the raft made it to the shore but Fairburn, according to reports.
Emergency crews got Fairburn out of the water and tried to resuscitate the man at the scene, but were unsuccessful, according to reports. Fairburn was pronounced dead at the scene.
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