Accident Database

Report ID# 674

  • Pinned in Boat Against Strainer
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water

Accident Description

On 4th of July weekend the Macomb, Michigan Daily reported that a kayaking accident occurred on the nearby Clinton River, which was running high due to recent rains. All involved inexperienced people in rented boats.

On July 4th a woman in her 20's drowned after her kayak was pushed against a downed tree by fast current and capsized. Her boyfriend was able to swim to shore, but she was pinned under water. According to local paddlers posting to, this fatality involved a sit-on top kayak. The river itself is Class I at best during normal summer flows, and is often too shallow to float a canoe.

The Oakland, Michigan Free Press reported that the popularity of kayaking on the Clinton River has grown a lot during the past few years. Many stores near the river rent kayaks for $10 per hour. Because of changing water levels, these operations may need to develop a policy to cut off rentals when the river becomes too high. Potential renters also need to become more aware of the dangers they'll encounter when paddling rivers.

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