Accident Database

Report ID# 867

  • Caught in Low Head Dam Hydraulic
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water

Accident Description

On July 11, 2004, Kenneth Mark Schmidt was kayaking with two friends on the Guadalupe River near Comfort, Texas. When they encountered a low-head dam, they scouted and decided to run it. The first ran it successfully; Schmidt flipped quickly and was sucked under, presumably by the dam's backwash. His body was recovered the following day.

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