Woman Drowns New River Gorge National River Rafting Accident

A woman on a whitewater rafting trip drowned earlier this month when the raft she was in flipped in a class III rapid on the New River Gorge National River, reports say.

The woman, Judy Brown, of Cumberland, MD, was thrown into the water with several other passangers at the Upper Railroad Rapid as she took an Alpine Adventures rafting trip down the river on July 16th. Brown swam part of the rapids, but became trapped at a point known as Detroit Rock, losing her lifejacket

According to reports, the raft turned broadside to a wave, which caused a weight shift, and everyone aboard the raft fell into the water. The National Park Service river patrol was on scene shortly after the accident. But Brown was apparently underwater approximately nearly a half-hour before lifesaving efforts could even be started.

She was freed from the rock after rescuers place a line around her body and pullled her upstream, Rangers initiated CPR and she was transported to Platuea Medical Center where she was declared dead.

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