Safety at Dams in the News - 2017
At least 7 incidents and 4 fatalities have occurred at low-head dams in Indiana this year. Over the past 10 years, the state has seen more than 30 incidents at low head dams with more than 20 deaths. More than 10 percent of drownings in Indiana are dam-related. The state ranks 10th in the nation for people who have died in low head dams.
 
 
 
 
Indiana: Kayaker missing on Big Walnut Creek. 7/8/17, Banner Graphic
 
 
Boy swept away in current below dam at Fisherman's Park.
 
Wisconsin: Kayakers share story of rescue near Menasha dam. 6/26/17, Fox 11
Vacationing couple had rented kayaks and were unaware that the gates at the Menasha dam were open when they started out on the Fox River.
 
Indiana: Whitley County water accident under investigation. 6/25/17, Journal Gazette
Two hospitalized after near-drowning at Collamer Low Head Dam - one had tried to kayak over the dam; the other was attempting a rescue. Indiana conservation officers are investigating.

USA / Colorado / Indiana: Experts call them 'drowning machines.' So why are they on the Poudre?. 6/24/17, Coloradoan

Wisconsin: Two kayakers rescued near Menasha Dam. 6/23/17, Fox 11
Crews rescued two kayakers on the Fox River near the Menasha Dam, June 23, 2017.
 
Pennsylvania: Officials Urge Caution To Kayakers, Others Out On Water. 6/23/17, CBS - Pittsburgh
USACE Pittsburgh District held a "Fixed-crest Dam Safety Summit" on June 23 to educate the public about safety around dams.

Pennsylvania: Man gets trapped in pipe, dies during flash flooding in Indiana County. 6/23/17, WTAE

Indiana: Boaters rescued from pontoons stranded on White River’s Broad Ripple Dam. 6/22/17, WTTV
Firefighters rescue 3 of 8 boaters in 3 pontoon boats trapped on the Broad Ripple Dam; the other 5 escaped on their own. Two of the boats were stranded during a rescue attempt.

Colorado: Coroner IDs teen killed in weekend tubing accident on Poudre. 6/20/17, Coloradoan

Virginia: Firefighter points out deadliest spot on the James River. 6/19/17, WTVR News 6
First responders raise awareness of water safety and safety at dams. Over the past 20 years, 20 people have died at the Z Dam on the James River.

Colorado: Teen's tubing death on Poudre River serves as safety reminder. 6/19/17, Coloradoan
Two teens swept over low-head dam near Fort Collins; survivor hospitalized.

Mississippi: Body of missing 12-year-old found in Pearl River. 6/18/17, MS News Now
Victim caught in current while swimming near Lower Head Dam in Scott County, MS.
 
At least two teens have drowned near a dam at Rockford Beach Park, in May 2017, and June 2014;
Jefferson County officials to consider posting more detailed warning signs at the site.

Tennessee: An imperfect hero, Anna Last put her children first. 6/17/17, Knoxville News Sentinel
Anna Last drowned while saving her sons; emergency responders used a rope to pull their raft from the dam.

Tennessee: Dams like the one that killed Anna Last are 'drowning machines'. 6/17/17, Knoxville News Sentinel
Rafters caught in hydraulic at the Old Enka Dam on the Nolichucky River.

Massachusetts: Norwood police officers rescue woman from Ellis Pond. 6/14/17, Wicked Local
Officers use "rescue disk" to pull woman away from spillway in apparent attempted suicide.

Texas: Mother warns of drain in swimming hole that almost caused her son to drown. 6/5/17, Houston Chronicle
Mother tells of rescuing her son from a drainage hole in a dam at Georgetown's Blue Hole Park. The grate that normally covered the hole had been removed, reportedly by vandals.
 
Illinois: Firefighters assist in search at Algonquin dam, miss Elgin ceremony. 6/5/17, Elgin Courier-News
Firefighters had to forgo an annual memorial service for two firefighters who drowned June 2, 1974 during a rescue at Kimball Street Dam in order to search for man who drowned near the Algonquin Dam on June 2, 2017. As of now, it is unclear whether the 2017 drowning is dam-related.
 
AlabamaOne recovered, one missing in apparent drowning in Gadsden. 6/4/17, Gadsden Times
Couple who had been fishing at a low-head dam on Wills Creek apparently jumped in to swim before disappearing. Other drownings have occurred at the site.

Maine: Boating safety gets more emphasis as Maine deaths reach 6 early in season. 6/4/17, Portland Press Herald
So far this year there have been more boating fatalities in Maine than during all of last year. Among this year's victims: a 5-year who died in mid-May after he was thrown from a canoe at a dam on Outlet Stream in Vassalboro.

Illinois: Body found in Fox River of man said to have skipped pub tab. 6/3/17, Daily Herald
Emergency responders recover body of 29-year-old below Fox River Dam.

Missouri: 20-year-old man found dead near Clarksville dam after long search. 6/3/17, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Victim had been walking on the spillway at Lock and Dam 24.
 
TennesseeWoman drowns, family rescued at Enka Dam on Nolichucky River. 6/2/17, Citizen Tribune
Mother drowned while trying to save 4 children (2 her own) and another adult from the hydraulic at Enka low-head dam, where their raft was trapped. First responders used a rope to pull the raft to shore.
 
North Carolina: Holt’s Lake Drowning Victim Identified. 6/1/17, Daily Record
 
IowaRescue crews call Des Moines dam a 'perfect drowning machine. 5/30/17, KCCI - Des Moines
Water rescue teams take part in practice exercise a day after a boat went over the Scott Street Dam; the man who was aboard is missing. 
 
                Related: Man not found after river search, officials say. 5/29/17, Des Moines Register
 
KentuckyTeen dies, man arrested after boat carrying four capsizes. 5/27/17, Lexington Herald-Leader
Of four whose boat went over Stoner Creek dam, one - a 16-year-old male - was killed, one rescued, and two were able to go for help. 
 
North CarolinaMan drowns while trying to help friend fishing on Johnston County lake. 5/26/17, WRAL TV
70-year-old drowned while trying to help friends whose boat was pulled into the Holt Lake spillway.
 
MichiganMan dies after Eaton Rapids boating accident. 5/23/17, WLNS
69-year-old man, his son, and two grandsons had been in a boat that capsized near the Smithville Dam.

OhioSearch to resume Wednesday for second kayaker missing on Scioto. 5/23/17, Columbus Dispatch
 
                Related:
                Marion kayaker drowned; another sought. 5/23/17, Marion Star
               
                One dead, crews searching for second victim in Marion drowning. 5/23/17, NBC - Columbus
                Two male kayakers, age 28 and 29, caught in hydraulic at a low-head dam on the Scioto River.
 
Virginia: Along the Maury River, a community is divided over a dam. 5/22/17, Roanoke Times
Lexington City Council is considering removal of Jordan's Point Dam, the site of a 2006 drowning that resulted in a lawsuit against the city and posting of warning signs and buoys along the Maury River.
 
Pennsylvania1 dead, another missing after kayak accident on Ohio River. 5/21/17, WPXI News
Drone used to search for victims of 5/20 incident at Dashields Lock and Dam.
 
                Related:
                More warning buoys coming to Dashields Dam following deadly kayaking accident. 5/26/17, Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh
                Spurred by a petition organized by victim's family (Petition: Implement more signs and a better warning system for the dam)
 
                Independent Journal Review
 
                Low-head dams can be deceptive, dangerous. 5/23/17, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
                Hydraulics at Dashields Dam deceptively dangerous; few are aware that the escape route is at the bottom of the rotating current.
 
                Fun times on river can turn perilous fast. 5/21/17, The Daily Item
               
 
 
                1 dead, another missing after kayak accident on Ohio River. 5/21/17, WPXI News
 
 
                Woman Dead, One Missing After Ohio River Kayak Accident. 5/20/17, CBS - Pittsburgh
 
New HampshireWarning to boaters follows kayakers' rescue. 5/18/17, New Hampshire Union Leader
Five teens who had rented kayaks clung to buoys above the Hooksett Dam while waiting for help.
 
Maine: Vassalboro boy who died in canoe accident recalled as ‘knight in shining armor’. 5/16/17, Portland Press Herald
Mollie Egold was with her 5-year-old son William when they went into the stream on a canoe that people can use for free at a park along Outlet Stream.

Maine: ‘Spectacular little boy’ dies in canoe accident in Vassalboro. 5/16/17, Portland Press Herald
Five-year-old William Egold suffered severe hypothermia after he and his mother toppled into Outlet Stream.
 
IowaTeen pulled from Cedar River. 5/15/17, The Courier - Waterloo, IA
First responders rescue teen who had fallen into turbulent waters below Ice House Dam.

PennsylvaniaYoung Montgomery County man dies in Youghiogheny River in dam outflow area. 5/13/17, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
21-year-old victim drowned after diving into the river at the base of Youghiogheny Dam.

MinnesotaTwo Boaters Rescued at Dresbach Lock and Dam. 5/8/17, WJON
Men rescued after their boat stalled above dam's gates; the dam operator was able to close the gates before the boat was pulled through.

VirginiaWoman nearly killed after bad decision on James River. 5/3/17, WTVR News 6
Rope rescue saves tubers who became trapped in hydraulic after floating over the Z Dam.

MissouriHFD flood response team credited with saving life. 5/2/17, Hannibal Courier-Post
Hannibal Swift Water Rescue Team saves man whose boat was swept over the Fredericktown City Lake spillway.
 
PennsylvaniaAmerican Rivers outlines Marianna dam-removal project. 4/29/17, Washington Observer Reporter
According to the PA Fish and Boat Commission, 285 low-head dams have been removed in Pennsylvania since 1995, including 72 over the past 5 years. American Rivers has removed dozens of dams at no cost to taxpayers.
 
                Related: EDITORIAL Risks are too great to keep Marianna dam intact. 4/30/17, Washington Observer Reporter
                At least four people have died at the site since the 1940s.
 
TennesseeTWRA identifies boaters killed in fishing accident at Tennessee dam. 4/26/17, Fox 17 - Nashville
Two men killed after their boat was pulled through the Pickwick Dam spillway.
 
Arkansas4-Year-Old Climbs Out Of Arkansas River After Boat Capsizes, Tells Authorities His Family Needs Help. 4/23/17, KSFM News
Toddler's brother, father, and step-mother killed when their fishing boat was pulled into Lock and Dam 14 at Fort Coffee.
 
IllinoisBody of Ameren worker recovered, identified. 4/23/17, Fort Madison Daily Democrat
Hydro technician appears to have fallen from the Keokuk-Hamilton Dam.
 
Illinois4 rescued from boat stalled under bridge in Algonquin. 4/22/17, Northwest Herald
First responders rescue boaters stranded above a low-head dam on the Fox River. [Rescue and preceding training exercise shown on the Facebook page of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.]
 
Texas: More details released about rescue efforts for deceased diver. 4/21/17, KXXV News Channel 25 - Waco
Despite being tethered to shore, a volunteer diver was fatally injured while searching for a missing man at a low-head dam on House Creek.
 
Texas1 dead, 1 injured after boat goes over Lake Palestine spillway. 4/19/17, KLTV
Boat sped past buoys marking spillway; investigation underway.
               
 
NevadaReno firefighters say 2 men jumped after losing control of kayaks. 4/19/17, Reno Gazette-Journal
Men jumped into Truckee River before their kayaks were pulled into a low-head dam.

Michigan: Will Eaton Rapids still be the Island City without its dams?. 4/18/17, Lansing State Journal
Residents disagree on merits and dangers of low-head dams on the Grand River.
 
PennsylvaniaDEP requests removal of Kernsville Dam. 4/18/17, Republican Herald
$10.8 million requested to remove dangerous dam.
 
IowaNAME RELEASED: Officer, citizens pull man from river in Cedar Falls. 4/14/17, KCRG-TV9
41-year-old victim fell below a dam near the Center Street bridge, where he had been fishing.
 
PennsylvaniaFamily of 4 rescued from Black Rock Dam on Schuylkill River. 4/13/17, Phoenixville News
Emergency responders towed boat out of hydraulic below dam.

New YorkHornell man drowns in Almond. 4/11/17, The Evening Tribune
23-year-old victim fell from capsized kayak at Almond Dam.
 
VirginiaFamily of five rescued from Goose Creek Reservoir Dam. 4/11/17, Loudoun Times-Mirror.
After repeated attempts, first responders save family whose boat drifted to the 20-ft high dam after its motor failed.
 
MichiganRecovery effort continues in search for Colorado man missing on Kalamazoo River. 4/7/17, WWMT News 3
Victim apparently fell into the Kalamazoo River and became unresponsive after crossing a low-head dam.
 
IndianaMarkle Mill among state's low-head 'Dam Dangerous' sites. 4/3/17, Tribune-Star - Terre Haute
Indiana DNR and DHS are working together to raise awareness of the dangers presented by the approximately 150 low-head dams in the state. Markle Mill Dam was the site of a drowning in 2010; another 13 drownings at low-head dams in Indiana have been recorded since then.
 
WisconsinXcel Energy urges safety near dams. 4/3/17, La Crosse Tribune
In light of Gov. Walker's proclaiming this week as Dam Safety Awareness Week in Wisconsin, Xcel Energy offers tips for being safe around dams.

WisconsinDam officials urge boater safety. 4/1/17, WKBT-TV - La Crosse
Fisherman drowned after being pulled into gates at Genoa Dam; his boat had capsized in the restricted zone below the dam.
 
                Related: Tragic accident serves as reminder for area anglers. 4/3/17, WKBT-TV - La Crosse
                Signs posted at Genoa Dam warn boaters to stay a minimum of 150 ft away from the lock and dam.
 
TennesseeWhitwell man recognized for rescue attempt at Ketner's Mill. 3/23/17, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Jeromy Richardson, who drowned in 2015 while attempting a low-head dam rescue, has been named a 2017 Carnegie Hero. [Carnegie Hero Fund announcement]
 
U.S./IndianaPicturesque low dams turn deadly with swift currents. 3/21/17, USA Today
Recent drowning in Columbus, Indiana is one of more than 500 that have occurred at low-head dams in the U.S. since 1953. Most of these structures are unregulated due to their small size; accordingly, the number of low-head dams nationwide is largely unknown.

WisconsinWoman rescued from river near Kilbourn Dam. 3/16/17, Wisconsin Dells Events
Woman who apparently jumped from bridge clung to cable and barrel system at Kilbourn Dam until firefighters pulled her from the water.
 
IndianaWoman dies while attempting to rescue dog. 3/7/17, Daily Journal
Body recovered from sand bar below Q.G. Noblitt Dam (state ID 3-7, national ID IN03600). 33 year-old victim was last seen just above Noblitt low-head dam (LHD) approaching the river (and the LHD) to rescue a dog, whose body was also found on a bank below the LHD.
 
                Related: How a deadly dam may have killed Jackie Watts. 3/20/17, Indianapolis Star
                Victim last seen near a dam on the Flatrock River in Columbus.
 
IndianaCouple rescued from disabled boat. 2/21/17, Seymour Tribune
Boat became stuck on Rockford Dam after motor lost power.

New JerseyOld dams on Passaic tributaries called drowning risk. 1/26/17, NorthJersey.com
Pequannock River Coalition urges state and local officials to post warning signs at dams on the Pequannock and Ramapo rivers; removing dams is a controversial option.
 
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