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Accident Database: Accident #16365

Date: 2017-08-28
Victim: Greg Senior
Victim Age: 50
River: Payette, N. Fork
Reach #:
Payette, N. Fork [ID]
Section: 4. Smiths Ferry to Banks
Location: Pectoralis Rapid
Gauge: 1,930 cfs
Water Level: Medium
River Difficulty: V
Cause Code(s): Swim into Strainer
Injury Type(s): Other
Factors Code(s): Other
Age: 50
Experienced/Inexperienced: Extensive Experience
Private/Commercial: Private
Boat Type: Raft
Group Info:
Other Victim Names:
Detailed Description:

Greg Senior from the Portland OR area drowned in Pectoralis Rapid which is just above Jacob's Ladder. The victim lost an oar in the upper section of Pectoralis and while attempting to get his spare oar in service, he flushed into the lower section of the rapid and sideways over a large pour over and was ejected from his raft. Greg became trapped in logs on the left side of the river and rescue was unsuccessful until the flows were lowered to approx. 200 cfs the next morning.

Accident on the Payette River

KTVB , KTVB 4:19 PM. MDT August 29, 2017
BOISE COUNTY -- An Oregon sheriff's office is mourning one of their own after a deputy drowned in the Payette River Saturday, just months after retiring from the department.
Greg Senior died in a rafting accident near the Boise County-Valley County line, Boise County officials confirmed Monday.
The Boise County coroner said Tuesday afternoon that the 50-year-old was a retired deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. In a Facebook post about his death, the sheriff's office wrote that Senior had celebrated his retirement just five months prior, after 27 years there.
"Greg was an amazing deputy, husband, and father," the post reads. "We are incredibly saddened by the news of Greg’s passing and our hearts are broken to have lost such a remarkable member of our law enforcement family, entirely too soon."
Boise County Chief Deputy Steve Dorau said Senior's body was found the same day as the rafting accident, but river conditions made it too hazardous to reach his remains. Senior's body was recovered Monday after the Cascade Dam dropped water levels, he said.
Senior leaves behind a wife and two daughters, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.


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