Accident Database

Report ID# 2317

  • PFD Fell Off
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

On Wed. 6/6 a private party of 15 people launched at Sand Wash with 5 rafts and 1 IK. On Thursday afternoon, they wrapped one of their boats on a rock at Jack Creek Rapid, 26 miles from Sand Wash. Everybody went into the water except one person who stayed on the rock. Members of the party pulled a 29 year old female from the river who was breathless and pulseless. CRP was attempted and unsuccessful.

A Sheri Griffith River Expeditions trip came upon the scene and helped rescue the individual stuck on the rock. One of their boats pulled into the Jack Creek Camp where they found the rest of the party and the deceased individual. They made a satellite phone call to their HQ. Department of Public Safety Helicopter flew in with a sheriffs deputy/deputy M.E. and recovered the body and conducted an investigation. Results are pending.


Gary Marsh, BLMPRICE, Utah (AP) -- A 29-year-old woman died after a raft flipped, sending her and two other people into the Green River. The Pleasant Grove resident was wearing a life jacket during the ride but it wasn't on her when her body was recovered, said Capt. Guy Adams of the Carbon County sheriff's office. "It seems an undertow current kept her under for some time," he said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was with 14 other people floating through Desolation Canyon when her raft capsized about 3 p.m. Thursday, Adams said. A group of boaters arrived at the scene and used a satellite phone to call for help. A Utah Highway Patrol helicopter arrived by 5 p.m. The woman's body was taken to the medical examiner's office.

Adams said deaths are rare but not uncommon on that popular stretch of water. "I just think it's an accident," he said. Some people on the trip accompanied the woman's body while others floated down the river to where the boats could take them out.

Bradley Gibbs

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