Accident Database

Report ID# 800

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water
  • Solo Paddling
  • High Water

Accident Description

At 2:00 PM Walt Given (60’s) was seen by a WV-DNR officer launching his canoe at a public boat access below Kanawha Falls. The water level was medium-high, about 13,200 cfs. A story in the West Virginia Wildwater Association newsletter SPLASHES said that Mr. Given wobbled briefly in the squirrelly water below the 18’ drop before capsizing. Although he wore a PFD, getting to shore on this wide, fast river was going to be tough. The DNR officer called 911, then launched his boat. He found Mr. Given floating facedown in a channel between the beach and an island. He administered CPR unsuccessfully.

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