Accident Database

Report ID# 933

  • Swim into Rock or Sieve
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

On August 6th Colorado's Arkansas River was the scene of a tragic double drowning. The river was running a low 700 cfs when Bernd Knorr, 39, and his wife Jennifer, 36, rafted the Class-III Frog Rock Section with a commercial outfitter. The Rocky Mountain News reported that their guide veered to the right to avoid a raft ahead of them that got stuck on a rock. Their boat flipped after hitting a badly undercut rock downstream. The pair fell out of the raft, were carried deep, and pinned beneath it. Their bodies were recovered later that day. There was a reference in the article to four other private rafting fatalities on the same river, but we have no information on them. Anyone who can help is urged to contact us.

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