Accident Database

Report ID# 887

  • Caught in Low Head Dam Hydraulic
  • Does not Apply
  • Inexperience
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

On April 9th three men paddled a canoe over Williams Dam on Virginia’s James River at high water. This low-head dam has claimed several lives over the past decade and warning signs were in place when the accident occurred. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Arthur Suarez, 40, became caught in a powerful hydraulic and recirculated until he drowned. Two other men in the canoe survived.

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