Thursday, July 18, 2013
GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) — The second whitewater rafter in a week has died after falling into the Rogue River at a treacherous rapid known as Blossom Bar.
The Curry County sheriff's office says 66-year-old Steven Boyd of Walla Walla, Wash., died Wednesday.
Sheriff John Bishop says the raft was going through a section of the rapid known as the Picket Fence when it hit boulders and flipped.
Bishop says Boyd hit his head on a rock, which may have been a factor in his apparent drowning. Others in the raft made it through with minor injuries.
Blossom Bar is about 50 miles upriver from Gold Beach. It's the most difficult rapid on the wild section of the popular whitewater river.
A rafter from South Carolina fell in the rapid Friday and died.