Reports of Public Safety Incidents in the News: 2021

Incidents: 26
Deaths: 31
Injuries: 1

In order of most recent:

Nebraska: Authorities investigating woman's drowning. Star-Herald. 10/9/2021.
Quote: "Initial reports indicated that the woman and her husband were canoeing on the river, and the canoe overturned at a check dam."
Deaths: 1.

Illinois: The alert, heroic actions of this southwest Illinois police officer saved two lives. Belleville News-Democrat. 9/20/2021.
Quote: "A driver flagged him down, warning him he’d been in a capsized boat in the lake when driving over the spillway."

Alabama: Man drowns while fishing with son at Weiss Lake in Cherokee County. CBS42. 9/18/2021.
Quote: "A man who had been fishing with his son at Weiss Lake below the dam went underwater and did not resurface Friday morning."
Deaths: 1.

Oklahoma: Texas man drowns after kayaking in restricted area of Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County. KOCO. 7/7/2021.
Quote: "[He] was kayaking around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday in Mountain Fork River when he came over the Low Head Dam and became hung in the undertow."
Deaths: 1

Texas: Texas man drowns in McCurtain County. KFOR. 7/7/2021.
Quote: "Investigators say [a] 32-year-old [woman] was kayaking in a restricted area of Mountain Fork River. Officials say [she] came over the Low Head Dam and got stuck in the undertow."
Deaths: 1

Kentucky: Body of missing fisherman pulled from Ohio River. WDHT. 6/28/2021.
Quote: "[He] went missing while fishing near the Newburgh Lock and Dam early Saturday morning. A witness said he lost control of the net and went into the river to get it. That witness was unable to save [him]."
Deaths: 1

North Carolina: 'We need prayers.' Pregnant woman still missing after floating over dam in NC's Dan River. McDowell News. 6/21/2021.
Quote: "The family set out on the tubing trek...Ultimately, though, all nine floated over the dam."
Deaths: 5

Texas: Wow… boat nearly goes over dam. Scuttlebutt Sailing News. 6/13/2021.
Quote: "Four people were rescued June 10 after their electric-powered rental boat came dangerously close to going over the Longhorn Dam near Austin, TX."

Georgia: Search for drowning victim continues tomorrow, officials say to exercise caution in water. WJBF. 6/8/2021.
Quote: "The two were near a Georgia Power dam when sirens went off. Georgia Power deploys sirens to alert people to changing water levels; however a language barrier may have prevented the swimmers from understanding the warning."
Deaths: 1

Kansas: Kansas mother, two small children die in boating accident at Burlington; father injured. Topeka Capital-Journal. 6/7/2021.
Quote: "As the boat approached the low-head dam, it stalled in rapid, aerated water, at which point the operator lost control of the vessel and all occupants were ejected."
Deaths: 3

Louisiana: Authorities identify drowning victim pulled from Lake Bistineau spillway. KTBS3. 6/2/2021.
Quote: " While they were casting, one of the teens got his bait hung up. While trying to get it free, the boat was swept over the spillway."
Deaths: 1

MissouriBody of missing girl found more than 3 miles below Lime Kiln dam. Joplin Globe. 5/31/2021.
Quote: "She was wading below the low-head dam at Lime Kiln Park when she was caught in a vortex below the dam, pulled underwater and drowned."
Update: Second drowning victim succumbs to injuries, Lime Kiln Park Access on Shoal Creek at Neosho; Fundraising links to support family.
Deaths: 2

Colorado: After multiple rescues on Poudre River, safety crews warning recreators to be safe. The Denver Channel. 5/29/2021.
Quote: "The incident could've turned deadly because Jaques says the canoer's feet were stuck in debris, and they weren't wearing a life jacket."

ColoradoMan drowns after falling into Colorado River, ATCEMS says. KVUE. 5/16/2021.
Quote: "The Austin Fire Department said that the victim was caught in a hydraulic after rafting over a low head dam on the Colorado River."
Deaths: 1

Idaho: Body of drowning victim located. KIFI. 5/11/2012.
Quote: "The student was reported swimming near the Fun Farm Bridge, when he went over a nearby dam."
Deaths: 1

Kentucky: Kayaker identified in deadly Scott Co. accident. WKYT. 5/5/2021.
Quote: "The coroner says a couple was kayaking in the North Elkhorn Creek and were close to the dam. Both of their individual kayaks turned over, sweeping them both into the water."
Deaths: 1

Arkansas: Local man drowns when pulled into spillway on area lake. KTLO. 5/1/2021.
Quote: "Chief Deputy Charley Melton says LaFevers was attempting to unclog a drain from recent flooding. He was pulled into the spillway on the lake."
Deaths: 1

Texas: Teen drowns at Dam-B. 4/25/2021.
Quote: "A teen, who was reportedly fishing near the spillway at nearby Dam B Reservoir drowned on Sunday afternoon."
Deaths: 1

Missouri: Palmyra Man dies after canoe capsized in the North River. KHQA. 4/19/2021.
Quote: "[Police] said one of the canoers and their dog went over a low head dam and went overboard."
Deaths: 1

Maine: Officials recover body of woman after drowning in Baileyville Saturday night. WABI5. 4/18/2021.
Quote: "The Maine Warden Service says a woman drowned after falling into the water below the Baileyville Dam in Baileyville Saturday night."
Deaths: 1

Illinois: Body of Danville man found in Wabash River near Cayuga. Yahoo! News. 4/18/2021.
Quote: "Duke Energy personnel reported locating fishing equipment and later an overturned boat floating down the Wabash River behind its power plant."
Deaths: 1

Oklahoma: Man drowns in Lake Overholser after Oklahoma City police officer dives into choppy water in full uniform to rescue him. KFOR-TV. 4/9/2021.
Quote: "A man drowned in Lake Overholser Friday evening after Oklahoma City emergency responders attempted to rescue him from choppy water. Firefighters were able to rescue [a police officer who attempted to rescue him], but could not rescue the man, who then went over the lake’s dam."
Deaths: 1

Ohio: 2 dead, 2 pulled from water following rescue at Delaware Dam. WSYX ABC 6. 3/30/2021.
Quote: "The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said a Good Samaritan has died along with a teenager after a water rescue at the Delaware Dam Tuesday night."
Deaths: 2

Indiana: Crews search White River after teenager swept over dam. FOX59. 3/30/2021.
Quote: "Crews responded to the dam after witnesses told them that two males and a dog were in a canoe heading downstream and were swept over the dam...The man and dog were able to make their way out of the water, but the 16-year-old was last seen in the water with no exact known location. The man was transported to the hospital with possible hypothermia."
Update: Missing teen's body recovered from White River after searching 'everywhere' for eight days. Indianapolis Star. 4/7/2021.
Deaths: 1 Injuries: 1

Pennsylvania: 11-year-old Spring Grove boy dies in reported drowning in Jackson Township. York Daily Record. 3/25/2021.
Quote: "[He] was swimming with a friend in the creek near Rockery and Hershey roads when he became caught in the current near a low-head dam."
Deaths: 1

North Carolina: Officials believe Cape Fear River boater was tossed by dam undercurrent. WRAL NEWS. 3/10/2021.
Quote: "According to crews, [the boater] was on board a small boat by himself and, according to a report, that boat may have been pulled into the dam's undercurrent."
Deaths: 1

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