Accident Database

Report ID# 1152

  • Swim into Rock or Sieve
  • Near Drowning
  • Other

Accident Description

On September 27th two men flipped near the top of Pure Screaming Hell rapid on the Lower Gauley. One of the men swam right, and was washed into a very well-known and dangerous sieve just above the final hole. The swimmer grabbed hold of a tree limb wedged at the lip of the sieve, underneath a rock. He screamed that his leg was caught! Several people tried to lower lines to him, and one person actually managed to grab his wrist. Eventually he used these to work his foot free, then flushed under some giant boulders and emerged screaming for help. Afterwards he said he had no idea what rapid he was in or that the sieve was waiting downstream.

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