Accident Database

Report ID# 3985

  • Health Problem
  • Heart Attack / Heart Failure
  • Other

Accident Description

Virginia man dies on rafting trip down White Salmon River

July 29, 2015

A man died while rafting on the White Salmon River, last week. The Sheriff’s office was notified of the accident around 3:43 p.m. on July 21. The call said that CPR was in progress on a male subject. Upon arrival Klickitat County Deputy Randy Wells was notified that Jeffrey Standish 58 of Chesapeake, Va. had been pronounced dead. Wells’ investigation found that Standish went overboard and at one point was holding onto the side of the raft while others tried to pull him back into the raft. Deputy Wells learned that Standish was pulled back into the raft and was given CPR until aid arrived. The Sheriff’s Office was awaiting a report from the coroner at press time. Standish was on a guided rafting trip with River Drifters Rafting Company. Standish’s body was later recovered with the use of Klickitat County Search and Rescue’s Rope Rescue team as well as help from Wet Planet.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A popular softball coach in Hampton Roads died while he was with his team out west. The Virginia Legacy Elite team was playing in a national softball tournament in Oregon with coach Jeff Standish. Standish drowned while the team was white water rafting in-between games."The girls on the team said they'd like to go white water rafting. They decided that even before we left for Oregon. We said sure. It sounded like a great idea," Jon Schropp, a fellow coach on the team said.

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