The Goldendale Sentinel -


By Rebecca Gourley

Two people die during recreational activities recently in Gorge area


Two fatal accidents occurred over the weekend of June 16-17. On Saturday afternoon, June 16 at approximately 3 p.m. the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a 38-year-old woman overturned her kayak while on the Little White Salmon River. Jennifer Watson, of Portland was pronounced deceased three hours later. She did not respond to attempted CPR.

According to a press release from Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Watson was an experienced kayaker and was with a group of 10 others when the incident happened.

“The Little White Salmon River is a very technical river for white water enthusiasts,” said Undersheriff Dave Cox. “This is a very unfortunate incident and our condolences go out to Watson’s friends and family.”

Klickitat County Search and Rescue were called upon to assist, but were unable to help upon arriving at the scene.

The other incident was Sunday, June 17. Thomas Bennett and his wife Susan, of West Linn, Ore ., were hiking on Falls Creek Trail approximately 15 miles north of Carson when Thomas stumbled and fell approximately 30 feet over a cliff.

He was found submerged in three feet of water in Falls Creek by rescuers.

Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Skamania County EMS, Skamania County Fire District No. 1, and the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded to the scene.


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