Accident Database

Report ID# 101630

  • Pinned in Boat Against Strainer
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

Teen girl killed in rafting accident on Klickitat River

by the Associated Press

Thursday, June 11, 2020

GLENWOOD, Wash. (AP) — An eighth-grade student has drowned in a rafting accident on a river near Glenwood in Klickitat County, authorities said. The Tri-City Herald reported that 14-year-old Jezell Barrera was part of a family group that took two rafts on the Klickitat River on Saturday when the raft she was on hit an underwater log and flipped. Klickitat County Coroner David Quesnel says Barrera was wearing a life jacket but became trapped underwater.

It occurred 2 miles above the salmon hatchery just outside of glenwood. A FB friend was part of the search and rescue of the stranded paddler that day (father of the deceased). He says local and tribal law enforcement did a great job working together and communicating . They reached out to a rafting company for the retrieval and advice. The article is wrong about the raft flipping on a submerged log rather it was a log jam

Wet Planet was called in to retrieve the stranded party member from this incident , the log jam we pulled the raft off of is only a couple hundred yards after you put in at the res, it’s super avoidable and wouldn’t be much worth mentioning if it hadn’t been for this incident as there are worse logs and spots elsewhere on this run. A little low to be rafting it but competent boaters should have no trouble.

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