Reports of Public Safety Incidents in the News: 2018

In order of most recent:

MarylandMaryland couple dies after boat goes over dam. 11/19/2018, Washington Post
"A husband and wife died after the boat they were in went over a dam in Western Maryland, officials said."

KentuckyLexington Man Dies In Kayaking Accident. 10/9/2018, LEX18
"The man, later identified as 35-year-old Matthew Hughes, was reportedly kayaking with a friend when they got too close to the dam. Hughes got caught in the undertow and was found dead near Colston Lane. His friend was rescued"
Follow-up: Kayaker’s death spotlights Elkhorn Creek’s hidden dangers

Wisconsin1 dead, 1 missing in central Wisconsin boating accident. 10/8/2018, Channel 3000
"Authorities say one man is dead and another man is missing after their boat capsized near a dam in central Wisconsin."

Wyoming: Near-drowning happened at dangerous spot on North Platte. 9/28/2018, Gillette News Record
"A young South Torrington boy is alive and recuperating well following a near-drowning incident Saturday, Sept. 22, below the diversion dam in the North Platte River off Pioneer Park."

Indiana: 4 adults, 2 dogs rescued safely from low head dam. 9/15/2018, WTHR 13
"Everyone, including the dog had on life jackets and they kept the boat balanced while calling 911 for help. Firefighters were then able to pull all of them to safety."

Indiana: 2 boys rescued from rain-swollen creek in Indianapolis. 9/10/2018, Plainview Daily Herald
"Indianapolis firefighters have rescued two boys from rain-swollen Fall Creek while searches continue for two men, one in the Ohio River and the other in Sugar Creek in western Indiana."

Kentucky: UPDATE: Missing Boater ID’d As Rains Hinder Search Crews. 9/9/2018,
"What had started Saturday morning as a friendly fishing tournament turned into a terrifying situation when two friends got too close to a dam in South Fork Lick River."

Pennsylvania'We all know it's the Dock Street dam:' River Rescue chief discusses dangers after family saved. 8/12/2018,
'The husband, wife and daughter had been fishing near the Walnut Street Bridge when they ran into some trouble due to debris gathered at the bridge from the fast-moving, high waters.'

North CarolinaCrews: Strong current from dam caused man to drown in Lake Wilson. 8/5/2018,
"An investigation determined that Tyler voluntarily went into the water and was overcome by the heavy current flowing from the dam."

LouisianaBastrop man drowns in Lake D'Arbonne. 7/30/2018, The News Star
Watt and family members were attempting to load the boat at the Spillway boat launch when the incident occurred. 

Nebraska: Two children saved from drowning near Comstock. 7/28/2018. Nebraska TV.
"A 10-year-old girl who had been floating near the dam when Caleb put his kayak in had gotten caught in the strong currents near the open gates of the dam, and a 15-year-old boy who tried to help her had gotten caught as well."

South DakotaTeen Boys Rescued From Falls Park, SFFR Warns of Low Head Dam Dangers. 7/14/2018,  KDLT - Sioux Falls
A group of teenage boys were swimming and were unable to return to shore due to the strong current. The water rescue crews utilized a rapid deployment craft to rescue each of the seven boys with a personal flotation device.  

Illinois: One person injured after boat strikes dam at Kinkaid Lake spillway. 7/9/2018, The Southern Illinoisan
'One person was injured Sunday when a boat struck a dam at Kinkaid Lake.'

Pennsylvania18-year-old drowns in Quemahoning Reservoir. 7/9/2018, WJAC - Johnstown
An 18-year-old fell off his paddle board and swam for about three to four minutes until he went under.

TennesseeKayaker, 38, Drowns On Sequatchie River Outing. 7/8/2018,
'Witnesses said the water from the dam overturned the kayak and the man was pulled under by the strong current.  Witnesses were able to pull the man to the shore and perform CPR until EMS arrived.'

Massachusetts: One body recovered, one missing in Ludlow drowning. 6/29/2018,
"State Police divers located the body of a male drowning victim in the Chicopee River in Ludlow Friday evening, but one man remains missing."

IllinoisMissing 5-year-old girl was wearing life jacket in Steel Dam boat accident. 6/19/2018, Dispatch-Argus
"First responders rescued an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy from waters downstream, but the woman and her 5-year-old daughter were trapped below the dam before the mother was pulled to safety"

Ohio: Teen in critical condition after being sucked through Charles Mill Dam. 6/14/2018, Mansfield News Journal
An 18-year-old Lakeville woman was hospitalized Thursday after being pulled from the Charles Mill dam spillway.'
Update : 18-year-old Ohio woman dies after being sucked through dam spillway

WashingtonUtility Worker Dies in Accident at Central Washington Dam. 6/14/2018, Associated Press
The utility says a 40-year-old employee working on the spillway at Rock Island Dam Wednesday was hit by a piece of steel from the spillway structure.
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TennesseeDeadly boat accident near Ft. Loudoun Dam Saturday. 6/3/2018, News Channel 9 - Chattanooga
TWRA is investigating a fatal boating accident that happened on the Tennessee River below Ft. Loudoun Dam Saturday morning where three men went overboard into treacherous waters. Two of the victims have been taken to the hospital and one has been confirmed dead.

Tennesse: Woman drowns, family rescued at Enka Dam on Nolichucky River. 6/2/18, Citizen Tribune
Cocke County resident Anna Last drowned Thursday afternoon as she tried to free her children and others from a raft caught in the currents above and below the Enka low-head dam on the Nolichucky River in Hamblen County, authorities say.

North Carolina'It's A Drowning Machine': Rescuers Warn Of Dan River Dam After Teen Nearly Drowns. 5/30/2018, WFMY News 2 - Greensboro
The young man was swimming near the dam and got pulled underwater by the current. He was able to escape by holding onto a rock and pulling himself out.

TennesseeSheriff: No sign of potential second drowning victim in Blount County, search called off. 5/30/2018,
Authorities have called off the search for a potential second drowning victim a day after one man died in the swollen waters of Peery's Mill Dam in Blount County.

North Carolina4 fisherman rescued at Mt. Island Dam. 5/19/18, Fox 46 - Charlotte
Firefighters rescued fishermen, who had tied their boat to the dam before it capsized. None were injured.

TennesseeFamily Rescued After Kayaks Overturn Near Percy Priest Dam. 5/13/2018, Nashville Patch
A family of four was kayaking when the dam began generating power, causing rough water that flipped the boats.

PennsylvaniaDistrict attorney seeking information about deadly boating accident. 5/9/2018, WGAL News 8
The Dauphin County District Attorney's Office is seeking information about a deadly boating accident on the Susquehanna River. A woman was killed and her 3-year-old daughter is still missing after the boat they were in capsized near the Dock Street Dam Monday night. The girl's father survived.

KentuckyCrews searching for missing kayaker. 5/7/2018, WLKY
Rescue crews are searching for a missing kayaker in Marion County.

South Dakota: River safety tips follow rescued kayaker. 4/30/18, KELO-Sioux Falls, SD
Rescued kayaker was attempting to navigate flooded Big Sioux River. (It is unclear if a low-head dam was involved in this incident, but this subsequent safety alert includes a warning to avoid low-head dams.)

North Carolina: RIVER RESCUE: Man caught in river current tells how he hung on to debris to stay alive. 4/27/18, WSOC Charlotte

OhioFamily opens up after father drowns saving man's best friend. 4/6/18, ABC-6
67-yr-old victim drowned rescuing his dog that jumped in the river near a low-head dam in the Lower Olentangy.

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