Accident Database

Report ID# 882

  • Impact/Trauma
  • Head Injury / Concussion
  • Other

Accident Description

John Heffernan, 66, was running the Russell Fork Gorge with a group of friends on October 24, 2004. He had run the Russell Fork dozens of times and knew the river well. At the first ledge of Triple Drop Rapid, he flipped, missed a roll attempt, and apparently hit his head. His companions got to him below the rapid and performed CPR without success.

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