Accident Database

Report ID# 863

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

On June 26th Randall Anderson, 35, died on the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone near Crandall, Wyoming. This little known, but excellent stretch of roadside whitewater is upstream of the famous Class V-VI overnight section. At "Boulder Drop" rapid, a friend ran the rapid first. When Mr. Anderson failed to appear, the man ran upstream and saw him flip and bail out of his kayak. Mr. Anderson did not grab a well-placed throw line, and he floated out of sight downstream. His partner called 911, and authorities were able to locate the body  miles downstream. A newspaper report in the Cody, Wyoming Enterprise described the pair as "skilled" and "well equipped". Anyone with further information (particularly about whether head trauma might have been involved) is urged to contact the Safety Editor.

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