Accident Database

Report ID# 256

  • Swim into Rock or Sieve
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

On September 11 Terri Oldham, 45, was running the Royal Gorge at a low water when she was thrown out of her raft in Sunshine Rapid. Oldham , an experienced rafter, managed to grab a midstream rock.  When she let go of the rock to swim to her raft she was swept under an undercut midstream boulder, the site of a previous fatality. Rescuers worked for three hours to recover her body.






SOURCES: Rocky Mountain News; NORS Currents



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