Accident Database

Report ID# 115065

  • PFD Fell Off
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water

Accident Description

Not sure if this qualifies as it’s on a class II mellow section on a commercial float fishing trip. Customer was grossly obese wearing a pull the string C02 inflator cartridge belt that didn’t deploy. The other guests did deploy. Not on a section I manage. Most outfitted Angler’s wear no pfds on this section. I had to make it mandatory on my rivers or else they wouldn’t protect their customers who didn’t want to wear those hot uncomfortable pfds.


TCSAR = Teton County Search and Rescue

TCSAR responds to fatality on Snake River

 Jul 20, 2021

TCSAR responds to fatality on Snake River

JACKSON, Wyo. — This afternoon, Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) reported that a 67-year-old woman died on the Snake River today, July 20.

The woman was on a guided fishing trip when the drift boat she was riding in hit an eddyline, tipped over and took on water. With the boat swamped, its three occupants ended up in the river about 3.5 miles upstream from the South Park boat ramp.

At 12:17 p.m., TCSAR was notified of the incident with CPR in progress. The team responded by sending volunteers in a jet boat upriver from the South Park landing while other team members approached on foot from Fall Creek Road. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Teton County Sheriff Deputies also responded to the scene. First responders reached the patient by 12:58 p.m., but unfortunately, she did not survive the incident. More info will be released as details become known.

This incident serves as a tragic reminder that accidents on the river can happen at any time, and often occur quickly with severe consequences.

TCSAR offers its most sincere condolences to the family and friends impacted by this accident.

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