Whitewater Kayaker Dies in Maine Accident

The Nesowadnehunk Stream in Piscataquis County, Maine | Photo by John Hayes, Flickr.com

 Portland Press Herald: Joseph Giffune Jr., 25, from Millinocket, died while whitewater kayaking on Sunday [May 7] on Nesowadnehunk Stream in Piscataquis County, according to a release from the Maine Game Wardens.

Giffune was kayaking just after 5:00 p.m. with a friend on the section of the stream before it flows into the West Branch of the Penobscot River when he got stuck in a hydraulic at the bottom of the ledges and was unable to free himself. Hydraulics, or holes, are formed when water comes over the top of a submerged object or underwater ledge, which causes the water on the surface to flow back upstream. People can then become caught under the surface in the recirculating water.

Read more about the whitewater paddler who died on Nesowadnehunk Stream in Maine.