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Old 06-05-2015   #1
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WW fatalities June 4th

Anyone know more about this?

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Funnel swim at 20k would be pretty nasty.

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Condolences to the family, friends and fellow passengers of those trips.

Was Adam a member of the Buzz? He was a private boater from Bountiful, Utah; I am assuming the commercial passenger wasn't likely a member of the forum.

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Hi,

In a raft in particular, WW at these levels requires quite a bit of skill and a lot of work. And even then, bad things can happen.

The on-river death situations I've been involved with were unbearably grim for all involved. And the painful aftermath goes on for a long time, for every participant.

Respect and caring concern to all involved.

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I guess it could have been even worse. Sounds like Sheri Griffith were in a paddle boat and all 6 people were out.

In Adam's boat there were 3 people and the driver remained on the sticks.

Funnel has claimed too many lives. Bummer. RIP.
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My condolences.
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Never having seen this stretch does anyone have photos of what this looks like at this approximate level, or any level.

RIP.
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Very sad to hear this.

QUOTE=carvedog;401443]Never having seen this stretch does anyone have photos of what this looks like at this approximate level, or any level.

RIP.[/QUOTE]
I don't think a photo could depict this rapid or the consequences. It's a big drop with a boat flipping wave at the bottom. It is in a narrow canyon and impossible to scout. A photo can only be taken from a boat at river level. Maybe drones will change that. A swim at 20,000 would be long, fast, cold and would likely continue through more class 3 water and into the class IV Skull rapid.
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So this is in March, levels were probably between 3000-3500... so multiply the flow by 7. I think this is right below Funnel... but could be wrong... it's somewhere in the vicinity.
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Never having seen this stretch does anyone have photos of what this looks like at this approximate level, or any level.

RIP.
At 2:49 on this video.



RIP Adam and Charles.
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