Accident Database

Report ID# 806

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water
  • High Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

On May 25th the water in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho was running 6.5’ (8800 cfs), which is extremely high. A tree had fallen across Marsh Creek, a high-water tributary to the Middle Fork commonly used for early season access. A 15-foot boat was found pinned in a logjam. A raft apparently hit a rock bar and Vaughn Jones fell out of the back of the boat. While attempts were made to retrieve him, the raft drifted downstream and wrapped on a large rock. Mr. Jones disappeared and has still not been found. This was reported by Vince Thompson’s Idaho Whitewater Page.

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