Accident Database

Report ID# 849

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water

Accident Description

Jack Spurlock, 64, was paddling a tandem kayak down the Class II+ "Chutes" of Paint Creek near Chillicothe, Ohio on May 22nd . The flows were about 1450 cfs, which is considered moderate by local boaters. According to the Chillicothe Gazette, Mr. Spurlock's partner reported that their kayak "filled with water" as they were going through the rapids. It sounds like this craft, like many tandem kayaks, had no sprayskirt. They broached and flipped. Two teenagers saw what happened and pulled Mr. Spurlock ashore, but were unable to revive him.

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