Accident Database

Report ID# 844

  • Swim into Strainer
  • Does not Apply
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

Early on the morning of March 7th two young men launched a small raft on the Smoky Hill River near Salina, Kansas. Neither was wearing a life vest even though the river was flooded and laden with debris. After their boat suddenly flipped one boy disappeared. The other was stranded on a mid-stream debris pile for about three hours. Firefighters used the current to lower a life vest to him, then sent a rescue swimmer out to grab him and bring him safely ashore. The second man, Adam Bruna, 18, was found several days later when the water receded. He was lodged under a logjam on the west bank of the river. The survivor, Raymond Jones, also 18, was hospitalized for three days for fatigue and hypothermia.

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