River rafter drowns | SierraSun.com

River rafter drowns

A 39-year-old Wisconsin man drowned in the Truckee River Tuesday after being thrown from a raft shortly after 3 p.m.

Donald Eithun and six other people encountered rapids about eight miles east of Truckee near Floriston when their raft flipped in the water after hitting a large rock, Nevada County Sheriff’s investigators said.

Passing rafters managed to pull everyone except Eithun to safety.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Carrington said once in the water, Eithun was caught on a submerged tree branch.

Emergency personnel from the Truckee Fire Protection District, who happened to be in the area responding to a vehicle accident, were on the scene immediately and began trying to revive Eithun with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, he said.

Carrington said Eithun was pronounced dead at the scene. Eithun was one of 300 people with the Chicago, Ill.-based company Everen Securities attending a retreat at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

Eithun and 57 others chartered 10 rafts for a two-hour trip with Tahoe White Water Tours in Tahoe City, Carrington said.

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