Accident Database

Report ID# 2887

  • Health Problem
  • Heart Attack / Heart Failure
  • Other

Accident Description

 October 3, 2008 Woman dies on Gauley rafting trip

By The Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A Florida woman has died of a heart attack following a whitewater rafting accident on the Gauley River. National Park Service Ranger Gary Hartley said the 62-year-old woman died in an ambulance on her way to a hospital today. Hartley declined to release her name until her family was notified. Hartley said the woman was on a raft that flipped going through a particularly dangerous rapid known as Pillow Rock. After the guide pulled everyone from the water below the rapid, he said, the woman began having trouble breathing. Hartley said the guide beached the raft and called for help. The woman went into cardiac arrest after National Park Service rangers arrived, and they could not revive her, he said.

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