Accident Database

Report ID# 529

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

On July 12th American Creek in Katamai National Park near King Salmon, Alaska was running high and fast following recent rains. Slim Ray reported that a raft containing a number of prominent Alabama lawyers and politicians was caught by overhanging branches and flipped. All but one person made it to shore; Gary Aildridge, 48, a former Alabama State Senator, was swept downriver and is presumed dead. Fog and high water hampered immediate efforts to recover the body.

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