Accident Database

Report ID# 924

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Failed Rescue

Accident Description

Retired University of Oregon law professor and dean Chapin Clark, 71, drowned at the "Coffee Pot" on the Mule Creek section of the Rogue River. Although Clark was wearing a PFD, his guide was not and thus could not assist in his rescue.Clark's death, and perhaps that of guide Ken Robinson in 2004, prompted the Oregon legislature to pass a law in 2005, requiring that all members of commercial paddling trips --not only customers-- wear PFDs in rapids rated Class III or higher.

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