The Wyoming Dept of transportation is fixing highway
bridge. In doing so they created a rapid by pinching off half the river on a
flatwater inner tube run. Drift boat flips; man dies. Ranger are pretty sure this was heart attack. A big man, over 300#.
Nobody had Pfds. He was out of the current standing in the shallows where other
party asked if he was okay. Said he was. Next glance he was face down
in the water.
Official cause of death is drowning. Not clear whether the boat hit a rock above the bridge
leaving them into a position where they hit the cofferdam, they hit the
cofferdam or if they went over in the
Boating accident on Snake River results in fatality
Buckrail.com; Jackson Hole, WY
JACKSON, WY — UPDATE: The Teton County Coroner’s Office
confirmed the identity of the victim as George Erwin Roulhac, 69, of Greenville,
A man has died on the Snake River today. The cause of death
is unknown at this time. Teton County Sheriff deputies say a boat carrying
three boaters hit a rock pile just before the bridge near the KOA Campground,
throwing them into a pillar under the bridge. The boat overturned, but at
first, all passengers were accounted for. The victim, an older man, was seen
near the shore and said he was fine. But when his companions looked back
seconds later, he was out of sight.
The victim was pulled out of the river on the banks of the
KOA Campground. He was unresponsive, and CPR resuscitation efforts were
unsuccessful. A sheriff deputy in the area responded immediately, and Fire/EMS
responded shortly after with multiple ambulances.
The other boaters were accounted for within a few minutes,
said Fire/EMS Batallion Chief Mike Moyer. Teton County Search and Rescue was
paged to conduct a search, but quickly called off when it was confirmed all
boaters were accounted for.
A medical condition is suspected, but not confirmed.
Fire/EMS says the drift boat has been recovered. The other
boaters who were on the drift boat are all OK.
A wave train under the bridge is becoming increasingly more
dangerous as bridge construction causes it to grow in size and velocity. WYDOT
advises river users to take extra caution on the stretch from South Park to
David Rogers on FB: There was always a decent sized wave and
obstruction on river left there. It has reportedly gotten bigger and from the
video seems to be more of a wave train. The river immediately above and below
the feature is flat and relatively slow moving. I really can't see how this
wasn't a medical problem.
As far as this being an inner tube section as Charlie
said above, there is another rapid and a swirly section that is much more
serious. Kings Wave by the Boy Scout camp gets quite large at higher water
levels. Directly below Kings Wave is a section we used to call the Octopus when
we were squirt boating, It's about 1/2 mile long and at high water is all big
whirlpools and moving eddy lines. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to swim it in
the spring even with a PFD and a dry suit. Even now at minimal flows the eddy
lines in that section are quite strong and will suit a drift boat pretty good
if you aren't good on the sticks.
I am a fly fishing guide in the area and run
that section and others on the Snake. We are required to use PFDs. People might
think we aren't wearing them because most pros use CO2 charged PFDs that are
not as hot in the sun and don't interfere with the casting motion.