Woman dies in rafting accident

Woman dies in rafting accident

There are 68 comments on the KUSA Denver story from Jun 19, 2007, titled Woman dies in rafting accident. In it, KUSA Denver reports that:

A whitewater rafting accident in Colorado claimed the life of an Omaha woman over the weekend.

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dardee

Denver, CO

#1 Jun 19, 2007
so sad. Many people are unaware of the dangers of white water rafting.
dom

United States

#2 Jun 19, 2007
I totally agree with the comment above.....is the idea of this sport so exciting that you would take a chance like that? It floors me the things that people would do for fun, things that are so obviously dangerous. I pray for her husband and kids....as I am sure they will have this vision in their minds forever.
Sarah

Durango, CO

#3 Jun 19, 2007
I just want to know if she was wearing the proper life vest, prevention can go a long way. I also wonder how old her kids are and if that company should have kids on a stretch with a 7 foot drop.
J SHO

Plano, TX

#4 Jun 19, 2007
dardee wrote:
so sad. Many people are unaware of the dangers of white water rafting.
Please enlighten us......what is the death rate? I'll bet you don't know. Fact is, it is rare for someone to drown in the river while rafting with a professional guide/company. Most deaths that do occur, are cardiac arrests from the exertion of paddling. Statistically, I'll bet the drive from Omaha was more dangerous.

Life is risky (in fact, the mortality rate is 100%). Enjoy your life sitting on the couch......I think I'll go rafting, or maybe climb a mountain.
lisa

Denver, CO

#6 Jun 19, 2007
there is no age limit on rafting.... yes this is sad..... and it does happen.. im sure she had a vest on and by the sounds of it took it off
jefferson

Broomfield, CO

#7 Jun 19, 2007
lisa wrote:
there is no age limit on rafting.... yes this is sad..... and it does happen.. im sure she had a vest on and by the sounds of it took it off
Where in the article does it discuss her taking a life vest off? She may have been held underwater by the current. Life vest or no that is a difficult situation to get out of.
Dirty Harold

Littleton, CO

#9 Jun 19, 2007
My guess is that she got caught in a hydraulic which is much stronger than any rip current at the beach and can negate the bouyancy of most pfd's.
Tattoo

Fort Collins, CO

#10 Jun 19, 2007
J SHO wrote:
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Please enlighten us......what is the death rate? I'll bet you don't know. Fact is, it is rare for someone to drown in the river while rafting with a professional guide/company. Most deaths that do occur, are cardiac arrests from the exertion of paddling. Statistically, I'll bet the drive from Omaha was more dangerous.
Life is risky (in fact, the mortality rate is 100%). Enjoy your life sitting on the couch......I think I'll go rafting, or maybe climb a mountain.
I agree...it's risky getting out of bed every morning. If she was with a commercial rafting company as the stiry says, I'm sure she woould have had protective gear on. You can also get killed skiing out here, riding horses out here, etc. The question we all ask is: Am I doing everything I can to be as safe as I can while engaging in these types of activities. Sometimes that is not good enough, however; would you rather sit on the couch at home and do nothing? Are you living life or are you just alive?
Native

United States

#11 Jun 19, 2007
Sarah wrote:
I just want to know if she was wearing the proper life vest, prevention can go a long way. I also wonder how old her kids are and if that company should have kids on a stretch with a 7 foot drop.
I would bet that she was wearing the proper life vest. Any river rafting outfitter/company in Colorado will not let you raft without one. The Arkansas River is at it's forceful peak in May and June, people need to be aware of this. I would like to know which section of the river the accident occurred and whether or not the woman and her family were experienced rafters. Accidents can happen, even with the most experienced. However, if this was the families first or second time rafting and they chose to do a class IV or higher, this was their first mistake.
douxfous

United States

#12 Jun 19, 2007
Actually, no. Thousand of people make that drive every week with no mishap. We already have a couple of fatalities this year from commercial rafting, and it isn't even summer yet.

The rafting companies have for years misrepresented the safety of the industry. Greedy operators accept persons that are not up to the requirements dictated by current conditions. It's a wonder there aren't more fatalities every year.

It isn't always a safe diversion for untrained, inexperienced out of state tourists in less than optimum physical condition with poor swimming skills.
But as long as insurance rates stay affordable the industry considers a few customers deaths a year acceptable. After all, on an individual basis they are expendable.
J SHO wrote:
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Please enlighten us......what is the death rate? I'll bet you don't know. Fact is, it is rare for someone to drown in the river while rafting with a professional guide/company. Most deaths that do occur, are cardiac arrests from the exertion of paddling. Statistically, I'll bet the drive from Omaha was more dangerous.
Life is risky (in fact, the mortality rate is 100%). Enjoy your life sitting on the couch......I think I'll go rafting, or maybe climb a mountain.
douxfous

United States

#13 Jun 19, 2007
lisa wrote:
there is no age limit on rafting.... yes this is sad..... and it does happen.. im sure she had a vest on and by the sounds of it took it off
Probably not. Most protection equipment offered by these river rafting concerns aren't going to protect everyone against every mishap. No safety equipment is capable of that.

People still die with full protective equipment. Inexperienced people at a much higher rate too.
Cheri is lovin life

United States

#14 Jun 19, 2007
My condolences to her family, Colorado rivers can be dangerous. I'm glad everyone else is okay.
Marie

Littleton, CO

#15 Jun 19, 2007
I have commercially rafted the Arkansas River since 1980 and I usually go during high water run-off.That 7ft drop is not unknown and normally negotiable.No one should be on the river at this time of year that isnt prepared for what might occur.Every rafting company I have been with gives emergency instructions at the beginning of each trip and you are usually required to have previous rafting experience at this time of year.A person is statistically more likely to die in a car accident on the way to the river than on the river.

Since: Mar 07

Littleton, CO

#16 Jun 19, 2007
Tattoo wrote:
<quoted text> would you rather sit on the couch at home and do nothing? Are you living life or are you just alive?
I'm alive and I choose the couch over rafting.

Since: Mar 07

Littleton, CO

#17 Jun 19, 2007
Marie wrote:
A person is statistically more likely to die in a car accident on the way to the river than on the river.
True. But a person is statistically more likely to die in a drowning accident on the river than on the way to the river.
anon1

Denver, CO

#18 Jun 19, 2007
for clarification-

she was with an outfitter, she was wearing a proper type 5 commercial outfitter,UL approved life jacket, a wetsuit, and a helmet. The water on the Arkansas is high this time of year. This was a sad and unfortunate accident. My condolences to the family and friends of the victim, I am very saddened at news of your loss.

and for clarification on the dangers of whitewater rafting, from the American Whitewater website:

"American Whitewater calculated a fatality rate of 0.86 whitewater fatalities per 100,000 boaters, or 2.25 private boater deaths per 100,000 and 0.45 commercial boater deaths per 100,000. The river with the greatest number of deaths was the Arkansas in Colorado, with 17 deaths in five years." These numbers came from study of 30 managed rivers that supplied data for 1994-1998.

if you are looking for higher fatality rates look at Department of Transportation statistics. Fact is you are more likely to die on the way to McDonalds for your next cheeseburger (or from the cheesburger itself) than you are to die in a whitewater related accident.

Some choose to live life. Some choose to watch it on TV...

The greatest fear in my life is the fear of not living every minute to the fullest, and if that causes my untimely demise....so be it.

We will all perish at some time, I would be very disappointed to get arrive at the end and find that I had not truly lived.
anon1

Denver, CO

#19 Jun 19, 2007
phineas T wrote:
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True. But a person is statistically more likely to die in a drowning accident on the river than on the way to the river.
it is actually just the opposite-
anon1

Denver, CO

#20 Jun 19, 2007
...and most river deaths have nothing to do with drowning, they are usually heart attacks.

Since: Mar 07

Littleton, CO

#21 Jun 19, 2007
anon1 wrote:
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it is actually just the opposite-
Explain to me, then, how you can have a drowning accident on the way to the river. Rafting is for those with little to lose.

Since: Mar 07

Littleton, CO

#22 Jun 19, 2007
anon1 wrote:
...and most river deaths have nothing to do with drowning, they are usually heart attacks.
Heart attacks brought about by rafting.

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