Whitewater Kayaker Dies in Maine Accident
May 9, 2017
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.