Woman drowns on Tuolumne River rafting trip | News
TUOLUMNE COUNTY, CA - A family rafting adventure on the Tuolumne River ended in tragedy Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt. Jeff Wilson with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office said Mariati Tani, 41, of Sausalito, was on a guided raft with relatives when their raft encountered an unexpected Class 5* rapid and became stuck on a rock. The impact ejected most of Tani's family from the raft but she was trapped under the raft in the water about approximately 10 minutes before one of the guides could free her.
Wilson said efforts to revive Tani were unsuccessful.
*A Class 5 river is described in the International Scale of River Safety as extremely difficult with long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; violent current; very steep gradient.
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