Accident Database

Report ID# 46285

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water

Accident Description

Kayaker dies after falling into Skykomish River

by KOMO Staff

Saturday, February 2nd 2019 

GOLD BAR, Wash. -- A man has died after falling from his kayak on the Skykomish River Saturday afternoon. 

A man kayaking with the victim called 911 to report they were heading through Boulder Drop near Index when the victim fell into the water and became separated from his kayak, according to Lt. Brandon Vargas with Gold Bar Fire. 

His friend was eventually able to pull him from the water and they got to the north side of the river bank, realizing his friend was unconscious and had no pulse. 

The friend did CPR on the victim for about 30 minutes before hiking about a mile to find someone with a cell phone to call 911. 

Rescue crews confirmed the man had died and were still working to recover the body as of Saturday evening, Vargas said. 

The friend told rescuers the victim was an experienced kayaker and was wearing all safety equipment. The victim's name has not been released.

A man died in a kayaking accident on the Skykomish River in Gold Bar on Saturday. 

Two experienced kayakers went out on the Skykomish River. One ended up underwater for an unknown period of time. The friend of the man who went under pulled him from the water. The man wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse. 

The friend pulled him out of the river and performed CPR for 30 minutes. He then hiked a mile to get a cellphone to call 911. 

Seattle man who died while kayaking on Skykomish River ID’d


Richard W. Timpson, 31, drowned while going through the Boulder Drop rapids.


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