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Capsized raft injures mother and toddler

By Sarah Dallof | Posted - Jul. 2, 2011 at 6:26 p.m.

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MORGAN -- A mother and toddler are lucky to be alive after their raft capsized in Morgan County.

A group of 16 people were rafting on the Weber River for a fun weekend activity, but later capsized after slamming against a bridge.

Because of high water levels, the group was unable to pass underneath the bridge. As the water current picked up in speed, members of the group grabbed a nearby branch, but the fast current caused the branch to break.

"They were coming up to the bridge and the water is so high that they're supposed to get out of their rafts and walk over the bridge and then get back in their rafts," said Chief Deputy Kevin Edwards of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

Both rafts slammed against the bridge, forcing all 16 members of the group to be sucked under in the fast current for about five seconds.

"The current was so strong we just can't grab anything at all," said rafter Prekash Tathireddy. "It just pulled us - - it kept pulling us down."

Morgan County officials said the 16 people likely survived because they were wearing life jackets.

A mother and 2 year old was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The remaining rafters escaped with only some bumps and bruises.



Sarah Dallof


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