Accident Database

Report ID# 50401

  • Pinned in Boat against Rock or Sieve
  • Does not Apply
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

From Bruce Pierce: The Androscoggin River is at a low that I have not seen before. They were in the Wilsons Rips section of the river from West Bethel to Bethel. Wilsons Rips is generally a short fun class 1&1/2 to 2 riffle. I can only imagine what it was at this H2O level, Boney probably.

The victim was sitting in the middle of the canoe, and was trapped under the boat when it flipped on a rock. I spoke to the owner of the livery where they rented from and they are very informative about the river, their safety and use of PFD's. I also spoke to Sargent Barboza of IF&W who was on scene and he said it was really just an unfortunate freak accident.

Maryland woman, 75, drowns after canoe tips over in Bethel

The victim got trapped under the canoe after it flipped with her husband and daughter also tossed into the Androscoggin River.

By Staff report

BETHEL — A Maryland woman drowned Wednesday evening when the canoe she and her family had rented overturned in the Androscoggin River. Xiaolian Ding, 75, of Silver Spring, Maryland, drowned after she became trapped under the canoe at about 5:30 p.m., according to Mark Latti, spokesman for the Maine Warden Service.

Ding, her husband, Nimin Wang, 82, and her daughter, Qiong Wang, 49, all of Silver Spring, had just started their trip downriver when the canoe became stuck on a rock, according to Latti. Nimin Wang was paddling from the stern, with Qiong Wang paddling at the bow and Xiaolian sitting in the middle.

Nimin and Qiong tried to push the canoe off the rock, and as they did it overturned, with Nimin and Qiong thrown out and Xiaolian trapped underneath as it floated downriver.

The accident happened in a stretch of the river off North and Hemlock Ridge roads. Latti said the father and daughter were able to get the canoe and Xiaolian to shore while a witness on the opposite riverbank called 911.

Xiaolian was unresponsive once on shore, and efforts by Nimin and Quiong to revive Xiaolian were unsuccessful, as were later efforts by Bethel Rescue emergency workers.

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