Accident Database

Report ID# 938

  • Pinned in Boat against Rock or Sieve
  • Does not Apply
  • Inexperience
  • High Water

Accident Description

In Texas you either get lots of water or almost none. The former condition prevailed on November 24th, when heavy rains brought the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels to over 5000 cfs. This made the entire river a pushy Class II-III run. David Price's e-mail, forwarded by Patti Corothers, describes what happened: Juliette Garcia, 33, was padding an ocean kayak with her husband below Ingram Ranch. Ms. Garcia capsized upstream of a low bridge (only 18" clearance), hit the bridge pier hard, and pinned well below the surface. A swiftwater rescue team found her body pinned beneath the kayak the next day.

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