Hoosier drowns in W. Virginia river

Hoosier drowns in W. Virginia river

There are 25 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Aug 13, 2007, titled Hoosier drowns in W. Virginia river. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The National Park Service has released the name of a woman who drowned in a whitewater rafting accident on the Gauley River over the weekend.

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#1 Aug 13, 2007
Wow; that is so sad. That is such a great river to raft. My thoughts go out to her family.

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Aug 13, 2007
Brad wrote:
If she had stayed at home in the kitchen where she belonged,she would still be alive today.
wow Brad....you couldn't show that you're an a$$ anymore if you had the words tattooed on your forehead.

Portsmouth, VA

#4 Aug 13, 2007
Brad wrote:
If she had stayed at home in the kitchen where she belonged,she would still be alive today.
How nice.

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Aug 13, 2007
Brad wrote:
If she had stayed at home in the kitchen where she belonged,she would still be alive today.
I would rather die doing something I loved than be at home with a jerk like you.

My prayers are with this family.

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Aug 13, 2007
Where were the parents?????
I Hate Hippies

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Aug 13, 2007
I've done this stretch of the New River in West Virginia. It is insane & can be very dangerous.

Fishers, IN

#11 Aug 13, 2007
A little more chlorine in the gene pool.
AF Veteran

Whittier, CA

#12 Aug 13, 2007
I Hate Hippies wrote:
I've done this stretch of the New River in West Virginia. It is insane & can be very dangerous.
Check the river...it was the Gauley River. The Upper Gauley is one of the greatest rivers to raft in North America. I've used Songer on two trips and they have great guides, but the river can be very dangerous...

My prayers go out to the family.
Boilermaker Alum

Plainfield, IN

#13 Aug 13, 2007
I have also done this stretch of the Gauley several times. It was heart-racing and exciting. (I haven't been back lately as I now have 2 little kids). The Gauley can be dangerous. The last time I was there, the raft guide we had that there is a fatality for every 1/2 million people that raft down the river, which is typically equates to one fatality a year. Sure is better odds then driving on the road.

United States

#14 Aug 13, 2007
I Hate Hippies wrote:
I've done this stretch of the New River in West Virginia. It is insane & can be very dangerous.
The Gauley and the New River are two completely seperate rivers.

United States

#15 Aug 13, 2007
It is too bad but the dam release isn't till Labor Day week-end. Don't know how this happened at Iron Ring. Makes me want to stay in the raft. ACE Raft rocks.

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Aug 13, 2007
How sad. I've rafted both the upper and lower Gauley many times and I am familiar with the Iron Ring. My thoughts are with her family.

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Aug 13, 2007
I use Songer every year. They are great. Sad story.


#18 Aug 13, 2007
I was on an ACE ride that followed that group. We reached the rapid a couple of minutes after it happened. It was a Tragedy. Words can not describe the emotions on the scene. A fun day turned black in a spin of minutes. My heart goes out to the family and friends. I believe that drowning is one of the most horrible deaths imaginable. It troubled my sleep ever since. As for this Brad posting his wise ass remarks. I hope you are prepared to spend the rest of your life alone. Obviously no women in her right mind will find your arms adequate (Look up these word in the dictionary)

Dubuque, IA

#19 Aug 14, 2007
I have rafted with Songer for years and have nothing but good things to say about their guides. Also have rafted the Gualey many times and it scares me everytime, but that is the thrill of it. It is a chance that you take anytime you head out on the water. But you could die just as easily driving to West Virginia as riding the waves.

Sydney, Australia

#20 Aug 15, 2007
Brad go f*** yourself. i know the daughter and you're as thick as two planks. you selfish b*sterd. My love to all involved.

Owensboro, KY

#21 Sep 10, 2007
well, i just got back from rafting the marathon (upper & gauley continuosly) on Friday (first day of Gauley Season) and ran the upper on Saturday. The thought of this tragedy stuck with me both days as I was rafting. When you make the decision to raft the Gauley you have to realize the possibility that you will not come back. Yes, most of my family and friends called us crazy, but we enjoyed every minute that Mother Nature provided us.
Another Hoosier

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Sep 10, 2007
I just rafted this stretch for the first time yesterday. All 8 on our raft got dumped at Pillow Rock. I thought I would never surface. This was one of the scariest things Ive ever done! I know how I felt under that water and I can only imagine what that woman went through. My heart goes out to the family.
Another Hoosier

Indianapolis, IN

#23 Sep 10, 2007
Concerned wrote:
Where were the parents?????
She was 51 years old, her parents were not there.

Roanoke, VA

#24 Sep 24, 2007
I got caught in a the sieve about mid way down the river; it's set off to the right.
I was doing fine, and narrowly avoided some black rocks set just below the surface, I bumped a undercut rock to leverage myself down the left slot, and some IDIOT hit the tail end of my boat.

Smacked him right hard with my paddle (hope he gets bleeding on the brain or something). then I turned backwards, and my boat wedged, and simulatanously capsized, snagging my paddle.

I KNEW the sieve was there thats why I tried to avoid it. However here I was WITHOUT a boat
(which is a GUARANTEED death sentence in the sieve) or so I thought.

I pinned my self high up on the rocks, my feet maybe 12 inches below water, so I'm stuck against the slots walls. It looked a lot like when someone braces them selves up above the floor of a hallway by pushing against the adjacent walls.

Anyway the instructor was standing on a rock right near bye (we rafters where all on duckies, and they where shouting directions)So while I was sitting there, rushing water stripping my body heat away, I told the instructor to "shutthe @#$% up or I'll push HIM off the rock". But he kept yelling anyway. I shout out my hand towards him, threatening, and he shutup pretty quickly;)

Then I decided to let go, The instructors boat was by the shore near to the sieve, it was just sitting there, I don't know how, so I said screw him for not helping me onto the rock (he just stood there shouting like a #$%hole), and I went for his duckie, intending to leave him.

Got halfway on the damn thing, and I realize its moote, because I'm so close to the sieve that either way I'm going in. So I brace my legs even HIGHER on the surface of the water (against the sieves walls), and face away from it, allowing the water to pile up behind me.

I thought maybe if I was lucky I'd be able to climb up on top of the sieve. But then another rafter came up, and saved me (thank god), and the minute they wheren't looking I swam to the shore, and ran me a good 2, or 3k through wilderness:)

*kisses ground* Screw the gualey, if I had the choice i'd turn it into a crater! I'm never leaving land again, and by god if I ever see that bastard again that hit me, I'll toss his sorry but IN THE SIEVE. You mark my words.

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