GoPro footage of Clear Creek River Rafting Accident on 6-7-14

This is video coverage of the Clear Creek rafting accident on 6/7/14 as shown from my friends GoPro. Our raft capsized throwing all of us into the river. Some were able to get to shore, but others were sucked into class 3 and 4 rapids, leaving them at the mercy of the river. One raft was able to rescue the floating passengers. I hope this video finds the right people and shows them that these trips are no joke and proper training must be employed before stepping into the raft. It was also noted the river level was at its highest peak in 40 years that day.

50 Comments

  1. the other choad on September 23, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Everyone keeps blaming this guide. Looks to me throughout this entire video every time the guide gives a command you all do a stroke and stop and he has to tell you to keep going! Same at crash. He started screaming at you keep going keep going dont stop. That says plain as day that is your fault

  2. artbyrobot on September 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    This is only class 2 and some in the comments are making it sound like the passengers were at risk of drowning. I’d happily run this in a pool toy as a boat and no paddle wtf…

  3. Jack Byers on September 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Lit 😂😂

  4. Blackjáck Music on September 23, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Ya this guide is a moron…Been paddling all my life on Ozark, Eastern Kentucky and Colorado rivers…The dude needs to go back to guide school

  5. tedgey on September 23, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    That looks cold af

  6. Michigander on September 23, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Otto – what happened after that? Where did u go/how did you get out? And what happened to the raft?

  7. allen p. on September 23, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Don’t swim. Your foot can get caught between rocks which can be a problem. Lift up your legs and float then look for a rope. Draw attention for one. Good video.

  8. Rivington Pike on September 23, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Why do Americans always whoop and holler in a really over the top way when they are rafting/kayaking? Really weird.

  9. dal0768 on September 23, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Was that raft filled with first timers or what?

  10. Josh Jones on September 23, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Wait so did someone die

  11. k1j2f30 on September 23, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I might be wrong here but, it looks to me like the guide made a bad decision to paddle to the bank side of the structure and stuck with that decision instead of turning the raft to the center flow. This could have been avoided easily if they would not have fought the current and paddled to toward center stream!

  12. djrxtr on September 23, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Rookie Guide? Plenty of time to avoid that pillar, and the guide just plain blew it.

  13. Cursive Dragon on September 23, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Go to
    5:15 to see the accident.

  14. Large Rooster on September 24, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Rumor has it he still barking orders ……. Left … Right ….. Forward …. Back …. Lol !!! … What a duesh !!!!!

  15. Whitney Bourassa on September 24, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Idk, looks like a group effort to cause this accident. Guy is trying to blame the girl, but I constantly see people not paying attention and paddling way out of sync and because of this group’s mistake someone lost their life..

  16. Bergy der Meister on September 24, 2021 at 12:06 am

    This is what happens win a group of city yuppies try to become experts @ anything in nature.

  17. Frode Grunsvold on September 24, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Guided for 20 years. As it turns out, ‘ya gotta’ look ahead when backing up…
    Well, that’s a wrap !

  18. Paul Donovan on September 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Totally the guides fault. Horrible angle.

  19. no taboos on September 24, 2021 at 12:08 am

    People actually pay to do this?

  20. Neil Gregory on September 24, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Hahaha the customer even knew how the guide fucked uo

  21. Ok on September 24, 2021 at 12:11 am

    You really wanted to crash or why did you paddle backwards?

  22. Mike Stanley on September 24, 2021 at 12:12 am

    One sweep stroke from the guide is all that was needed to avoid that

  23. Neil Gregory on September 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Damn why’d he not get a better ferry angle lol that was dumb as hell

  24. Paul Kryder on September 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I have been whitewater boating for nearly 3 decades, and this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. 100% avoidable, they could see that bridge piling for over 100 yards prior to getting to it. This is totally on the guide.

  25. WD Dub on September 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    From the info given, have say the chances for human failure on the part of the guide were elevated as the description states, that was the highest the level had been in 40 years. If he was conditioned for lower levels could be he was surprised by all the extra power of the river. On the other hand someone else stated here the guide could have corrected their path was one proper swipe. Either way it was his responsibility.
    Did I read correctly that 3 died in the boat that passed them? Their guide track record sounding sketchier

  26. Chapin Mohney on September 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    it seems like he was trying to do that…..

  27. Jeff Hanson on September 24, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Never seen anyone raft an irrigation ditch before.

  28. Joe Greene on September 24, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Yea, I fault the guide for not giving a wide berth to that concrete pylon. He should have just stayed directly behind the lead boat.

  29. Melih Beygi on September 24, 2021 at 12:16 am

    watching it again after 5 years. O man. There is no safety at all the first raft has to be always watching the raft behind. No reaction at all from the guide who was in the first raft. I mean that river is a level 3 I understand but oh man. Guess they did not had a good training those guides. I had to be in training for 6 months practicing. Good old days. I mean we flipped too but after a flip safety had to be on point. I did not see one single throwbag correct me if i am wrong. bad company all i can say.

  30. Brandon Graff on September 24, 2021 at 12:16 am

    "these trips are no joke and you must have proper training" baloney, of you have a life vest on and dont try to stand up you will be fine, it’s part of the fun sometimes.

  31. Crab People on September 24, 2021 at 12:18 am

    I’m guessing that bridge pillar is named after that guide now. Wow

  32. Chad Ault on September 24, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Couple things. As a guide for over twenty years what I always do is get a good gauge of how strong my paddlers are, forward or back. If you know the river well, you will know when you will need them the most. So well before you get to this point you practice and if they are not giving you what you need you show them how it is done. What I saw here is typical of how customers paddle, they use their arms not their whole body weight. That being said, a simple draw stroke from the guide should have brought his stern side back towards the right side of the river. He was calling backs before hand to give him space between him and the head boat. Looks like he could have not called so many strokes to do the same thing but his commands seemed on point. Even calling a high side. Only problem there was the boat might have wrapped. It seems to be a situation that could have been avoided by spinning away from the obstruction. Terrible to hear someone died on this trip. You can never underestimate the power of water and as guides we are there to get you down safe. Many times you don’t need your customers for much, but when you do, they need to give their all for no more than thirty seconds. For me it is all in the instruction, weight distribution, timing, and my observations. If one customer is stopping before the others, throwing my angles off. I let them know or compensate. Worst paddlers are moved back by me. Next move is to let them know the dangers of not working equally and at full strength. Last move is to walk someone out. Either way, a guide should be able to get any group down safely. Accidents due happen. But this could have been avoided.

  33. Jeff Poleet on September 24, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Jesus. It would help if your guide actually did something besides issue pointless commands. Point your boat in the correct direction and nobody even has to paddle there. He’s back there screaming to back paddle right into a bridge pillar, it’s not like it jumped out in front of you.

  34. Daniel Thornton on September 24, 2021 at 12:19 am

    You can tell the guide doesn’t know as much as he should and that he is at fault. Just watch him vs. the raft in front of him. The entire trip down this groups guide was calling so many paddle strokes to try and stay with the flow while the front raft was just cruising with a couple guide strokes here and there. Shitty ferry angle, can’t blame this one on your paddlers. Had enough time to get in position. Hell, I could have gotten a full raft out of the way by myself with that much time.

  35. ron graham on September 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Only assuming that guy was too stoned lol

  36. WhyteLis21 on September 24, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Why did they keep back paddle while heading towards bridge pole is beyond me and when the guide say high side left, I’m not sure if anybody lean their body weight to the left side of the raft. I’m sure if everyone kept paddle forward to the right side they would have gotton through fine.

  37. TheykenLaw on September 24, 2021 at 12:24 am

    I am confused why the guide was having the boat back-paddle coming into the pier. Had he just gone all forward and aimed a bit to the right that was 100% avoidable. Having said that, this is not an atypical event. On a river on which I once guided (class III) there were piers in the water and people hit them all the time (granted no guide is in the raft). The boat high sides and people go for a swim. Not a big deal at all, now if the boat wraps, the guide gets to spend the next few hours practicing his Z-drag.

  38. NO NWO on September 24, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Rafted that river a few times and on down to Clear Creek Class 5 section below, I was expecting Rigor mortis Rapid not a bridge pylon. right back, left forward then all forward HARD, TOGETHER! But he should never have gotten into that line at the last minute. From the start I got the impression the guide didn’t even know how to direct the raft straight on in open water. High side nothin…Fortunately all the guides I’ve been with 90% Clear Creek Rafting Company Guides have been exceptional. Fortunately I’ve always gone down the river with a boat load of experienced rafters and guides from Clear Creek Rafting Company.

  39. Ras Tafari on September 24, 2021 at 12:24 am

    I’m only two weeks into roomie training and would not have done that. Yikes. Fairy angle was noooot the move when you coulda just pointed right and called forward

  40. Jeff Poleet on September 24, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Guide has his boat pointed right at the damn pillar.

  41. Jim H on September 24, 2021 at 12:27 am

    That’s what they give you a paddle for.

  42. Dane Hewitt on September 24, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Did this section a few years ago… We all swam farther down, and had a great time… Everyone laughing, and nobody crying because they got wet while rafting down a river… Nobody blaming anyone else because they had a good time… Jesus…

  43. Maddog4x4 on September 24, 2021 at 12:29 am

    I could jetski that creek

  44. Jay Ritch on September 24, 2021 at 12:34 am

    It looks like a water ride at an amusement park.

  45. lambjack1 on September 24, 2021 at 12:37 am

    They should have gone around the pole.

  46. Solo Nutiket on September 24, 2021 at 12:40 am

    All the guide’s fault. He did not see the front left person "back paddling", thus turning the raft back to the left.

  47. Haggard Wilderness on September 24, 2021 at 12:40 am

    San Juan Utah has a raft still stuck in that same kind of spot. Left there as a reminder BE SAFE!!!

  48. Moulton Avery on September 24, 2021 at 12:40 am

    What an easily avoidable mess. Class one river at that point, with one easily-avoided bridge support and the guide managed to nail it. And yes, this video does illustrate that whitewater rafting isn’t the same as an amusement park ride.

  49. rgorjon9 on September 24, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Where is the video of them getting that raft off the pylon?

  50. Dave Wills on September 24, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Kind of a rookie thing.. think he was trying to keep spacing away from the raft in front.. but was a bit indecisive.. I didn’t really understand the back strokes before the bridge pillar. By the time he noticed, already too late. Even that call for high side looks like it might’ve been avoidable.. but hard to tell on video. Guess That’s why they say send it.. pick a side man!

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