Accident Database

Report ID# 890

  • Swim into Strainer
  • Does not Apply
  • Failed Rescue

Accident Description

Alison Roberge, 17, a junior leader in the Girl Guides of Canada, drowned on a commercial raft trip down the Elaho River in British Columbia on May 14th. At Devil’s Elbow rapid their 9-person raft hit a rock and flipped, putting her and the five other girls into the water. She was helping two other girls when a safety kayaker picked them up and took them to safety. When he returned to look for Ms. Roberge, she was gone. Although her guides thought that she was headed toward a “safe” area, she was, in fact, swept into a logjam and killed.

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