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Report ID# 248

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  • Flush Drowning
  • Physical Trauma
  • Cold Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

RAFTER DIES IN ALASKA

June 27: The Klutina is a large volume class III run northeast of Valdez. Paul Marshall, 64, was on a commercial raft when the boat got caught in a pourover and flipped near Copper Center. Everyone fell into the water, and all except the victim made it to shore. 

SOURCE: Anchorage Daily News via Steve Robinson

ANALYSIS: The power and speed of the Alaskan rivers, combined with their icy cold water, makes swims dangerous. Protective gear must be worn, and one-boat trips are strongly discouraged because of the lack of safety backup.

 

 

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