Accident Database

Report ID# 648

  • Caught in Low Head Dam Hydraulic
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

Dave Guss, a U.S. Whitewater Team Member in the late 60’s, reported that a kayaker discovered two bodies in the Perkiomen Creek near Collegeville in Eastern Pennsylvania on May 30th. The pair turned out to be Fredrick House, 42, and his 14 year-old son Paul, who had been missing since May 24th. Friends notified police when the two did not show up for a scheduled 7:00 p.m. pickup. Early the next morning their battered canoe, two PFD’s, and a paddle were found near Goodrich Dam near Oaks, PA. This dam  is one of several that Ed Gertler warns about in Keystone Canoeing. With the river running high the backwash was undoubtedly quite dangerous.

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