Accident Database

Report ID# 762

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Head Injury / Concussion
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

Three women, inexperienced.See and

On Aug. 14, a 27-year-old New Zealand woman drowned while rafting the Class IV Staircase Rapids on the South Fork of the Payette. Caroline Granger was with her sister and a friend in an inflatable kayak when she fell out of the craft and into the water. The three women, who were in a boat intended for only two paddlers, were not wearing life jackets or helmets.

Ms. Granger fell out of the boat, hit her head on a rock, and disappeared. The three women had been expecting a run similar to the easier Boise River. They were not prepared for the serious whitewater that they encountered.

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