Accident Database

Report ID# 115255

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water
  • High Water
  • One Boat Trip
  • Solo Paddling

Accident Description

Colin Buness (25) disappeared on a solo (I think) trip to the Katate, a tributary to the Stikine. Colin had considerable experience, including actively training to become an ANG Pararescue Jumper (PJ). Rescuers found his packraft in a log jam.

“We found his foot tracks in a gravel bar where we believe he had pulled in and looked downriver,” Tim said. “We think he was scouting out the canyon and everything looked good to him, but he couldn’t see around the corner of that bend, which is where we feel that he went into the water.”

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