Reports of Public Safety Incidents in the News: 2015

In order of most recent

Alabama: Former rescue squad captain indicted in coworker's drowning. 12/22/15,

Michigan: Returning the Rapids to Eaton Rapids. 11/2015, Eaton Rapids Flashes and Advertising News
A four-part series. Part 1: History (11/7/15), Part 2: Misconceptions (11/14/15), Part 3: Benefits (11/21/15), Part 4: Construction Techniques (11/28/15).

Ohio: Low-Head Dams: Danger Below. 10/2015, Columbus Monthly

Iowa: Should Des Moines get rid of its dams? 9/1/15, Des Moines Register
City considers removing two downtown low-head dams for creation of water trails. Recreational use of the the Des Moines River between the two is banned, as 15 people have died at the Center Street dam. The Iowa DNR has initiated a program to eliminate or modify dangerous low-head dams, with 13 projects complete.

Kentucky: Update: Rescuers find body of missing canoeist in Green River. 8/10/15, WBKO - Bowling Green
42 year-old man had gone over dam at Lock 5.

Pennsylvania: Palmer Township to begin cracking down on illegal swimming near Bushkill Creek dam. 8/6/15, Allentown Morning Call
Police to patrol area around Bushkill Creek dam after state Fish and Boat Commission advises township officials of their authority to issue citations for swimming within 100 ft above or 50 ft below the dam.

Indiana: Mecca Man Jumps In Water And Has To Be Rescued By Conservation Officer. 8/3/15, MIX FM News
State Conservation Officer uses rope to resue 18 year-old man from top of low-head dam spanning Raccoon Creek in Bridgeton. Teen may face misdemeanor charge.

Canada: Nova Scotia: Diver Luke Seabrook died after Nova Scotia Power dam gate left open, brother says. 7/29/15, CBC - Toronto
Diver killed after becoming trapped in partially open gate.

New York: Drowning at Second Dam renews safety concerns. 7/27/15, Ithaca Journal
20-year-old man died after jumping from ledge above dam.

Kansas: Update: Body of missing boy found in Kansas river. 7/27/15, KAKE News
Boy drowned after he and a friend jumped into Chikaskia River near Drury Dam; friend revived by first responders.

Missouri: 3 drown in Shoal Creek over the weekend. 7/26/15, Springfield News-Leader
Two waders - aged 27 and 35 - drown after being caught in undercurrent at Shoal Creek low-head dam. (The third fatality was apparently not related to hydraulics around a dam.)

U.S., Tennessee: Dam's churning waters a deadly trap. 7/26/15,

Ohio: Columbus mom wants all low-head dams removed. 7/23/15, WBNS-10TV
Woman whose son drowned in 2008 after going over the 5th Avenue dam successfully petitioned to have it removed; says Dodridge dam, site of two drownings this month, and others should go. OH DNR granted Columbus more than $2,000 for warning buoys but they have not been put in place. Story includes OH DNR link showing locations of known low-head dams in Ohio:

Ohio: Engineers Lower Olentangy Water Levels In Search For Missing Brothers 7/22/15, WBNS-10TV
USACE lowering river by 3 feet to slow current near Dodridge Dam, where two half-brothers, aged 18 and 20, are presumed to have drowned.

Kansas: Family of drowning victim talks about his death. 7/21/15, KWCH News
A fisherman, age 25, walking on a low head dam on the Walnut River, in El Dorado, KS, slipped into the current and drowned (7/19/15); his brother, trying to save him, was injured.

Tennessee: Update: Drowning victims recovered at Ketner's Mill. 7/20/15, WRCB-TV - Chattanooga
Three men - two in their 20's, and a third man, age 36, who tried to save them - drown after being swept over low-head dam at Ketner's Mill.

Ohio: Man identifies half-brothers presumed to have drowned in Olentangy River 7/20/15, Columbus Dispatch

Ohio: Family of 2 Ohio kayakers who died seeks more dam warnings. 7/20/15, The Associated Press
Two brothers in their 40's drowned after being pulled over a low-head dam on the Sandusky River.

Tennessee: Hurt brothers, fisherman Jeremy Richardson were Ketner's Mill drowning victims. 7/19/15, Chattanoogan

Missouri: Second person drowns in Elk River this week. 7/18/15, Nextstar Broadcasting
24-year-old dies after jumping from low-head dam on Elk River; state police investigating.

Tennessee: Three drown at Ketner's Mill, officials still searching for one body. 7/17/15, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tennessee: Man risks life to save a stranger from drowning at Ketner's Mill. 7/16/15, WDEF News

Canada - Nova Scotia: Dartmouth diver dead after incident at Nova Scotia Power dam. 7/15/15, CBC - Toronto
Diver killed while inspecting the dam at Nova Scotia Power's Annapolis Tidal Power Plant.

West Virginia: Clarksburg Water Board takes first step in stopping dam removal. 7/14/15, WV Metro News
Dam removal discussions on removing or modifying Two Lick, Hartland and West Milford Dams began in 2000 after 3 deaths at Highland Dam, and ensuing lawsuit.

Nebraska: Fairbury man drowns while swimming at dam. 7/13/15, Lincoln Journal Star

Michigan: High water level making river dangerous. 7/13/15, WILX-TV- Lansing
Child rescued after his kayak swept over low-head dam on Grand River.

Maryland: Boat that went over Linganore Dam carried birthday party. 6/29/15, WUSA 9

Maryland: One killed in Frederick County after boat goes over dam. 6/29/15, WUSA 9
Boat carrying nine swept over Lake Linganore dam; one killed.

Maryland: 1 dead, 8 rescued after boat goes over Lake Linganore dam. 6/28/15, The Associated Press

U.S.: BYU researchers working to make waterways near small dams more safe. 6/28/15, Fox 13 - Salt Lake City
Brigham Young University project ( aims to prevent drownings at small dams across the U.S.

Ohio: Low-head dams can bring real danger 6/27/15, Columbus Dispatch
Ohio DNR demonstrate dangers of low-head dams, about 1,000 of which are on Ohio waterways. Low-head dams often hold sewage lines, an obstacle to removal.

South Dakota: Man Drowns Trying To Swim Across Flandreau Dam. 6/26/15, KDLT - Sioux Falls

Indiana: Authorities believe body of missing kayaker has been found. 6/26/15, WANE
Victim and 2 others had gone over Hosey Dam.

Ohio: 2 Bucyrus men drown in Sandusky River. 6/22/15, Telegraph-Forum

Colorado: Firefighters: rescue shows danger of low-head dams. 6/22/15, KUSA-TV
Two rescued when their intertube went over low-head dam on Big Thompson River in Loveland.

New York: Summer dangers: Currents near dams, waterfalls can be 'drowning machines'. 6/21/15,
Two kayakers die when boat swept over Seneca River dam in Baldwinsville.

Ohio: 1 dead, 1 rescued, 1 missing at Pleasant Hill dam. 6/20/15, Mansfield News

Ohio: Update: Search to resume for missing teen who jumped into spillway. 6/20/15, Fox 8 - Cleveland
Two teens die while attempting to rescue another from a spillway at Pleasant Hill Lake.

Indiana: Local conservation officers stress safty in high waters after a drowning. 6/15/15, KMIZ
Teenage swimmer drowns near low-head dam on Coal Creek.

New York: Search for 2 missing kayakers in Baldwinsville to resume Sunday. 6/13/15, Syracuse Post-Standard
Kayakers missing after going over dam at Lock 24 of the Erie Canal.

Maryland: Body of 22-year-old Landover man recovered from Patapsco River. 6/9/15, Baltimore Sun
Young man had been swimming in prohibited area near Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park. 5 others have drowned at the site, 2 in this year alone. Warning signs are posted at the dam.

Texas: Low-lying dams pose greater danger this summer after Texas flooding strengthens river current. 6/6/2015, The Associated Press
Many owners of low-head dams are unaware of the public safety threat they pose. Only three states regulate low-head dams for public safety.

Illinois: State to begin removing Ellsworth Dam in July. 6/6/15, Danville Commercial News
State DNR to remove low-head dam where several people have drowned.

Minnesota: ‘Killer dams': Hard-to-see dams can be deadly for boaters, swimmers 6/1/15, Bring Me The News

North Dakota: Low-head dams pose public safety threat, costly to remove. 5/31/15, Grand Forks Herald

Connecticut: City, state leaders help dedicate life jacket loaner stand at Norwich marina. 5/30/15, Norwich Bulletin
Safety at dams highlighted on weekend of National Dam Safety Awareness Day, two weeks after teen drowned near Greeneville Dam.

Oregon: Dams in Sauk Valley pretty, dangerous. 5/20/15, Sauk
At least 10 lives claimed at Kiwanis Park dam; IDNR is installing warning buoys and signage.

U.S., Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, California, Maryland, Texas, Virginia: Dangerous dams creating a lot of concern. 5/16/15, Springfield News-Sun
A look at the continuing pattern of tragic accidents at low-head dams in the U.S.

U.S.: Low-head dam safety includes signage, awareness and possible removal. 5/04/15, Hydro World
Public urged to take caution at low-head dams in coming months.

Alabama: Rescue worker dies after mishap during kayaker search. 4/25/15,
46-year-old woman killed while searching for a 25 year-old kayaker who disappeared near an old low-head mill dam on Big Wills Creek.

Ohio: Olentangy’s low-head dams deemed too costly to remove 4/23/15, Columbus Dispatch

U.S.: Dams pose danger to swimmers, boaters. 4/17/15, Here & Now
According to a report from Brigham Young University, 441 people have died in 235 low-head dams in the U.S. since the 1950s. Robin Young of Here & Now interviews AP writer Scott McFetridge in the wake of his widely reported article on the subject ("Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims") RT: 05:16.

Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, U.S.: Low-Lying Dams Drown Hundreds of Unsuspecting Victims. 4/15/15, The Associated Press
Over 400 deaths have occurred at low-head dams since the 1950s, more than 1/3 in three states: IA, MN, PA.

Iowa: Iowa is removing deadly dams, making whitewater parks. 1/27/15, Des Moines Register
12 low-head dams have been removed or altered in past 4 years.

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