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Wardens: 25-year-old dies while whitewater kayaking in Maine

Posted May 8

— Game wardens say a 25-year-old man has died while whitewater kayaking south of Maine's Baxter State Park.

Officials say Joseph Giffune Jr., of Millinocket, got trapped in a section of recirculating, churning water and was unconscious when he was released and swept downriver.

Giffune was pronounced dead after life-saving efforts failed to revive him.

Officials say another kayaker with Giffune on Nesowadnehunk (neh-SOW'-duh-hunk) Stream was unable to free him when he became stuck in what's called a "hydraulic hole." They're created when water hits a submerged object or underwater ledges and flows back upstream, creating a recirculating effect.


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