Accident Database

Report ID# 33

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

A group of six inexperienced paddlers in a rental raft capsized after hitting a rock on the Rio Grande River near Creede, CO after the group failed to high-side. Five made it ashore, one washed downstream. He was found dead, still wearing his PFD, by river rangers and deputy sherrifs. While it's not clear what happend, the presence of a second boat to provide backup might have prevented this death

Source: Casey Swanson

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