Accident Database

Report ID# 771

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

Accident Description

On June 27th a canoe carrying two boys washed into a downed tree on Floyd's Fork in Southeastern Kentucky. This little stream had "come up" following locally heavy rains and the current was pretty fast. One boy got free and ran for help, but the other, only 13 years old, was held under water. The youngster's father attempted a rescue, but lost his footing and was washed downstream. Firefighters had to cut the tree off to release the boy and the canoe.


A 13-year-old boy died after his overturned canoe became trapped under a tree in about 3 feet of water in Floyds Fork. The victim, whose name has not been released, died Thursday at Kosair Children's Hospital. Assistant Chief Dwayne Hutchens of the Fern Creek Fire Department said volunteer firefighters were unable to pull the boy out because of the strong current, a result of heavy rain.

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