Accident Database

Report ID# 3788

  • Pinned in Boat against Rock or Sieve
  • Other
  • Other

Accident Description

Idaho kayak rescue Nov 28, 2006 - A dramatic water rescue in a raging river was caught on tape near Boise, Idaho. A woman, her husband and a friend were kayaking on the Payette River. Sarah Cox's kayak flipped and pinned her against a mid-stream rock. Her husband and friend saw what happened and tried to go by her and help, but couldn't.

Rescuers from Boise County and Garden Valley Fire Departments tried to take a big raft up to the rapid and get a rope around the woman without success. An expert kayaker passing by offered his help. He paddled into the eddy below her in an IK, grabbed the woman's kayak, and freed her. Cox was able to then navigate the kayak to the shore where rescuers then took her to a waiting ambulance. She was taken to the hospital and released.

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