RAFTER DROWNS IN CHERRY CREEK
Upper Toulumne River near Groveland, CA: June 6, 1992
Gradient 110 fpm; Volume 900 cfs; Classification V
DESCRIPTION: The Cherry Creek section of the Toulumne River is an intense stretch of Class V whitewater, runnable all year round because of an upstream dam. On June 6, 1992 a 13' paddle raft containing five people broached and capsized about five miles below the powerhouse. Everyone was wearing PFD's and helmets. The victim, Dan Negro, was washed under "Coffin Rock" where he caught his foot. His helmet showed evidence of a severe impact when his body was recovered.
SOURCE: Jim Cassidy
ANALYSIS: Swims in Class V whitewater are dangerous, and swimmers must be extremely careful not to trail an arm or leg in turbulent water. This is easier said than done, however!