Accident Database

Report ID# 931

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water
  • Inadequate Equipment
  • Inexperience
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

The Mad River in Ohio isn't exactly whitewater, but on July 29th it was rushing by at near-floodstage.The Dayton, Ohio Daily News reported that a family was floating a section near Fairborn when they got pinned on a log jam. Their boat was a discount-store vinyl inflatable, and no one was wearing a PFD. The mishap was spotted by motorists who used their cell phone to call for help. Firefighters rescued a man and two children, but his wife, Angela Smith, 27, disappeared. A search for her body continued for several days without success.

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