Kayaker Dies in High Sierras

Satcher drowns in Cherry Bomb Gorge


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Professional kayaker Allen Satcher died Sunday morning in an accident in California’s Cherry Bomb Gorge. A Portland, Oregon resident and a member of team NRS, Satcher, 28, was running a waterfall on Cherry Creek in Stanislaus National Forest with a group of people when he was caught in a whirlpool just before 10 A.M. Unable to paddle free, Satcher climbed out of his spinning kayak but went under before his companions could reach him with a rope. He was later pulled from the water and given CPR unsuccessfully. A California Highway Patrol helicopter responded after a member of Satcher’s party activated a SPOT tracking device.

Read more at the Sacramento Bee