Accident Database

Report ID# 115262

  • Equipment Trap
  • Does not Apply
  • Solo Paddling
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

A Russian man, Yalil Kuvandykov, was seen to overturn in his boat on the Inzer River, Russia. Rescuers were notified, but unable to save him. One article suggests that he was missing for days, but I suspect this is just a google translate issue.

What is clear is that Yalil had a leash attaching himself to the boat and was trapped by the leash (not the black rope in the photo below – that is part of the coaming). This is the first verified packraft fatality due to entanglement. Yalil also had fishing equipment and a perimeter line on the bow that ripped through one of the tie-down attachment points. It is unclear if these were involved in the fatality.

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