Ohiopyle: Death At Dimple Rock and my near-death experience


On August 13, 2022, a fellow WhiteWater Adventurer, Julie Moore, passed away on Dimple Rock at the Ohiopyle. The same Rapid where myself, and others, also had their rafts flip over. Some drowned but were luckily rescued. Unfortunately, one of the 70+ rafters that day, between 11 am - 4 pm on the lower Yough River, didn't make it. After having my own near-death experience and later discovering someone died on the same rapid, I decided to make these videos to hopefully bring more safety measures to Dimple Rock to prevent something like this from happening again. Deaths have been reported, but incidents, including near-death incidents, have been ignored. We need safety and transparency, especially for inexperienced rafters, children, and elderly adventurers. Below, you will see three videos with three separate, unscripted transcripts. Each clip reveals my personal story, embarrassing photos of my own injuries sustained that day, clearing up misinformation.


If you had a horrific experience or know someone who has, let's join forces, and please reach out to me: info@zenaefilmz.net.


Videos:


Video 01: Death At Dimple Rock | Zenae’s Personal Full Story:





Video 02: Death At Dimple Rock | Zenae’s Bruises:






Video 03: Death At Dimple Rock | Clearing Up Misinformation:






Transcripts:


Transcript 01: Death At Dimple Rock | Personal Full Story:


00:00:05:00 - 00:00:31:17

Zenae

Hi, this is Zenae. I'm using character animator because I don't like to show my face on YouTube and stuff like that. I wanted to say the story that happened to me over the weekend. I want to do it unscripted style so I can just let it all out. So you'll see this YouTube video for people who don't feel like reading, or they'll be an official written story to go along with this.


00:00:31:17 - 00:00:55:06

Zenae

And this isn't for my new website. This isn't for clicks, this isn't for attention. This isn't for any of that. A life is lost. And if I can do anything to help stop this from happening again, I'm going to do it. Because of what happened to me, what happened to few other people. What happened on Saturday, August 13th, could have easily been avoided.


00:00:55:17 - 00:01:16:19

Zenae

So if anybody who knows me knows that I love Metallica, they are my favorite band. I will travel the world for them. I've traveled to France. I actually technically went to France twice to see them, you know, in the documentary and them live at Hellfest and like, you know, there are things even with that where you say, Oh my God, I almost died to see Metallica.


00:01:16:19 - 00:01:39:04

Zenae

I got crushed into the barricade, thought that was going to be it. And experiences like that when you never really had a full near-death experience like that. But this is something else .Anyway. When Metallica announced the shows in over the spring to be back in Buffalo and Pittsburgh, there was no question. I was like, I'm going to go, I'm going to go.


00:01:39:23 - 00:02:14:07

Zenae

And I had some, knew some people out in Pittsburgh, and we decided to make it like this really fun trip because like when would we get this opportunity? Never. We got the tickets, everything was going great. And we decided to, you know, do adventures, do something like outdoor activities, like make it a fun time. So I got these whitewater rafting tickets from Whitewater Adventurers, is the company at the Ohiopyle for the lower level of the Yough River.


00:02:14:07 - 00:02:40:23

Zenae

And I am not going to attempt to even pronounce that river correctly. So you just look up Ohiopyle. So I even like I think I had an Instagram story of saying, oh my God, we're going to die! Like, just joking around like, will I make it for Metallica? Just something stupid. But it was an excitement, you know, I'm somebody who has anxiety, who has generalized anxiety.


00:02:40:23 - 00:03:12:12

Zenae

I can be a hypochondriac. I am afraid of so many things so this year is all about facing my fears. Facing my fears, and going through certain challenges in life, accomplishing it alone, doing what I can to keep fighting the fight to live our lives. Right? And so I decided to go for it. I've always been kind of like afraid of like the waves, like I've been in the ocean before, but like, I had some fears and I even like stopped going in the ocean for quite a bit.


00:03:12:15 - 00:03:43:09

Zenae

So as the time went on, finally the weekend happened in August. We had tickets for August 13th, 2022, and it was supposed to be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a full day of whitewater rafting. My idea of whitewater rafting, yes. I admit, naive, ignorant, foolish. But I trusted the people I was going with. I heard it was the easy route.


00:03:43:09 - 00:04:02:15

Zenae

I heard there was going to be guides like it's going to be safe. So I didn't even think to even do a Google search for it, like I just said, okay, we're going to do it. It's going to happen. We get to the place and instantly they're like, Why do you only have three people? And we're like, uhh..., is that a bad thing?


00:04:03:10 - 00:04:32:00

Zenae

And they're like, Nooooo, no, it's fine. It's fine. And rewind a little bit. Apologies. When we got there, everybody had to sign a waiver. And, you know, all those damn forms like we get all these forms, whether it's like for a new credit card or, you know, going for for the vet or even a doctor's office or just any of these stupid little waivers.


00:04:32:00 - 00:04:53:06

Zenae

And yeah, I call them stupid, little, because or at least I myself never think anything of it. I just like, what is this? You know? Okay, sure. Here we go. So I signed it. No clue. We put on our life vests and our helmets and, you know, it's like the when you're on the plane and they talk about what to do and people like stop listening.


00:04:53:11 - 00:05:18:02

Zenae

Well, I actually listened to what they were saying and I made sure my helmet and my life vest was on properly. But then I just had flashbacks of like when I took a ferry ride to Fire Island when I was a kid and we had to wear these like life vests for what felt like no apparent reason. And, you know, I remember sitting on the raft, they're all like looking at us, like we have such a few people in our party, like, what's going on?


00:05:18:02 - 00:05:45:08

Zenae

And I'm just raising my hand like a dumb idiot, like I'm inexperienced. I was just so excited to go and just trying something new. I was really going into it blind. I was excited about facing my fears and challenges and doing something adventurous. There was another guy there who admitted his fear of drowning and wanted to accomplish, you know, facing his fears.


00:05:45:08 - 00:06:01:22

Zenae

He wanted to get over that fear. There was like roughly two busloads of people. The guides warned us that we only had three people, but they didn't really warn us at the same time, because if they did, if there was really something wrong with that. They would have asked, Is there a party of two? Is there a party of three?


00:06:01:22 - 00:06:25:04

Zenae

Or had a guide with us. But that didn't happen. Okay, so that's number one. Number two, when they were telling us about how to put on our life vest and our helmet on after everything was on, they said, okay, we're going to walk over here. But when we get to this spot, it was either when we got to this spot or before we were walking, they said, We're going to have guides come and check you to make sure your life vests and helmet are on properly.


00:06:25:04 - 00:06:45:12

Zenae

That never happened. They never did that. They never gave us a head count. It was very nonchalant and I just thought it was very chill. These guides were young, fit, adventurous, and it just seemed like a very chill experience, I'm like, All right, whatever. Think it's on, right? The thing's out. So the two fingers under the helmet thing that that looks good.


00:06:45:12 - 00:07:03:04

Zenae

Sure. We had to carry the raft down to the river and with just three people and a big raft. And I'm a small person, so I'm not a weightlifter. Let's just leave it at that. So it was tough, I mean, to go downhill and I couldn't see anything. So I'm like, ugh, already. But, you know, I was like, We're going to do it.


00:07:03:04 - 00:07:20:17

Zenae

This is going to happen. And we get on the raft. And first I'm thinking like, we're going to sit on like the blue middle thing. But no, we had to sit on the edge and put our feet under the blue middle thing. I was like, What the heck is this? I'm not going to survive this. And then we had to have one person steer and two people row.


00:07:20:17 - 00:07:42:00

Zenae

I'm like, Oh my God, basically what I thought was each person was going to have a guide with us or something, but guides were around. So it was just literally the three of us doing all the work on the raft. Now, if I was like an athlete, adventurous person, body builder, sure, no problem. I'm just your average Joe.


00:07:42:07 - 00:08:10:22

Zenae

Josephine, whatever you want to call it, person, you know, and it wasn't just me. We had there were some fathers, mothers, there were children, people of all ages were there families, there! Families! It wasn't, you know, you're your jocks and this that no people were going for a family trip thinking fun adventure for the first time. And we do the first rapid we get on the raft and we have no idea what we're doing.


00:08:10:22 - 00:08:31:17

Zenae

And we get on the first rapid. And right then and there, we flip over and I was listening to the guides saying, Don't touch the ground because your foot can get stuck in something and you can drown, something can happen. And another thing was when they said it was only two feet, I was like, Oh, why the hell are we wearing a life vest for only two feet of water?


00:08:31:17 - 00:08:54:12

Zenae

I didn't take any of it seriously and that was my ignorance. But I followed the rules regardless of what I thought I was learning as I went and I didn't how dangerous it was. In my mind., who would have thought an easy route with guides, with families around would be some sort of dangerous activity? And because we only had such a few people in our raft, we were learning.


00:08:54:12 - 00:09:15:08

Zenae

We flipped over on the first one. I remember listening to what they said, Go on your back, keep kicking your legs because you don't want to touch the ground. So I kept kicking and kicking and kicking things wasn't well on the first one. It was scary. Eventually, as I'm holding onto this raft, I didn't go under. I think I was fine with that.


00:09:15:08 - 00:09:32:21

Zenae

The life vest worked. We were floating a bit. That was kicking. I just didn't know what I was doing. I was kind of like handling what I, you know, how I handle stress, like shock. It was just a new situation for me. So I kept kicking and finally I got rescued to go up on the raft. After rapid one,


00:09:33:00 - 00:09:58:06

Zenae

we were like kind of ready to go. But I was motivating myself, you know, we were looking forward to this for months. We've never done this before. Let's do it! We decided to continue. Also, we didn't know where the exit was. Key thing there. I think we did the next two, it was like the cucumber and another, I don't know if it was the railroad, it was the one where you had to go left center, right center or something like that.


00:09:58:16 - 00:10:21:17

Zenae

And I mean, I was terrified. I was shaking the whole time. I was rowing for dear life and I fought through it. We didn't flip those. We came close and the whole time the raft wanted to flip because there were so few of us. But I kept rowing and rowing and rowing and like acting like my life literally depended on it.


00:10:21:20 - 00:10:53:12

Zenae

So I'm like already terrified. But we made it. We made it. We made it through all of these rapids. And it was starting to feel like, Wow, this is actually fun. I was just about to enjoy myself until... We were waiting at the side. I look at my Fitbit, keep that in mind. I look at that and it said 2:04 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th, 2022. 2:04 p.m. Eastern and they announce the Dimple Rock.


00:10:54:02 - 00:11:14:08

Zenae

They told us that Dimple Rock was class two. They said It's a tricky one that you have to be careful and they're only going to allow one person, one raft at a time. They said there's going to be one rock where it was going to make you want to flip, but if you lean towards the right, if you lean somewhere or do something, it won't flip.


00:11:14:11 - 00:11:35:11

Zenae

It was like our raft has been wanting us to flip the entire time. I have a bad feeling about this. And so I was like, I was just really nervous. I was really paranoid but I said, Zenae you know, you really got to stop being afraid. You've been kicking it with these. You can do it! You can do it.


00:11:35:11 - 00:12:02:07

Zenae

And so I really tried to motivate myself. I think we hesitated, like letting other people go in front of us and everything like that. So, so we went and, we're rowing. Rowing. And we made like the first portion of it. But then there was the rock and we went right into it. It flipped over and I went on my back thinking I would float, but I went under the rapids on the Dimple.


00:12:02:07 - 00:12:26:05

Zenae

Rock works like a vacuum. It sucks you under. It wants you in that undercut it wants to kill you. It is dangerous and I'm not exaggerating. And I went under and I remember thinking, Oh, wow, I'm drowning. I am drowning. And I had a few days to process this. And, you know, you act okay when you're there because other people are there.


00:12:26:05 - 00:12:48:07

Zenae

Now that I'm home alone, I'm like, process everything. My choice was either to continue to drown or to take a risk and stand up. I don't know what I don't know. It was just like just a moment. All you had is all you have is a moment. And that moment could have taken my life away or could have taken my life away.


00:12:48:07 - 00:13:09:23

Zenae

I thought I was going to die and I don't know how, but I stood up and I'm not a religious person, but like it was an act of God or my father or the universe or something. There was a flat surface in front of me. I don't know how. I don't know how far under I was. I could have been under two inches, two feet, I don't know.


00:13:09:23 - 00:13:31:13

Zenae

I just knew I couldn't breathe. And I was swallowing the river water and I stood up and all of a sudden, like, I have no idea what's going on. The the guide said, this is a good spot. Stay right here. Okay. So I look up and there's the rock with the rapids, the water just keeps coming, like trying to push me off to kill me and I'm holding on.


00:13:31:13 - 00:13:50:15

Zenae

I'm freezing because the water was pretty cold. I mean, it's okay once, but when you have this water shooting at you, you start to shiver a bit and I'm like holding on. And I also look up and more rafts. More rafts are coming up too. Like all it would take is one person, one raft to shoot me off and and literally kill me.


00:13:50:15 - 00:14:06:19

Zenae

And so I had that fear, too. And I'm trying to talk to the guide. I'm like, because he's in the kayak, I'm just like, Why can't I hold on to you? You said we could hold onto this. He's like, No, you got to take the rope. I'm like, No, I know myself. I'm not taking that rope that will kill me.


00:14:06:19 - 00:14:23:03

Zenae

I'm not taking that rope because I know how I swim, I hold my nose and I knew if I went back in that water, it would have sucked me under and the water would have gotten in me and I would have drowned again. And you don't want to drown. You don't want to drown on your way out.


00:14:23:03 - 00:14:45:17

Zenae

It is this fucking terrifying thing. I said, I'm not taking that rope. And the guide's like, No, you have to grab onto it. You have to grab onto it and like, go on your back. I'm like, No, I'm not doing that. I am not taking that rope. No, I am not. And so what happened after that... It was a little distraction because.


00:14:45:17 - 00:15:11:22

Zenae

Oh, wait, sorry. Before this, I was like, where? Where's my party? Where's my party? And they say, It's okay. Your friends are safe, they're on land waiting for you. So here I'm thinking,. once I get rescued, that's it. We're leaving. We're done. We're done with this. Okay? And I didn't know what to do, and all of a sudden, more people fell off their raft and fell underneath the same thing.


00:15:12:04 - 00:15:36:10

Zenae

But they when they got up and I don't know if they were standing, I have no idea they weren't underwater. And the rescue team grabbed them right away. They were able to save them right away. So I wasn't as lucky. And other people were far off than me, too. But what happened then was after this they left. Everybody left, and I'm by myself.


00:15:36:10 - 00:15:56:16

Zenae

And I could have been by myself for 30 seconds, 3 minutes, but it felt like so much longer. And I started bursting into tears thinking that was it. I was like, They're going to make me take that rope. They're going to forget about me. And I'm just stuck here on this rock by myself. Just so scary. And I didn't know what to do.


00:15:56:16 - 00:16:14:21

Zenae

I did not know what to do. I never experienced anything like this in my life. I didn't know what to do. And all of a sudden.All of a sudden, I look up. And there was a couple on this black raft, on this black raft. They weren't part of our group and they knew they knew I didn't want to take that rope.


00:16:15:01 - 00:16:35:22

Zenae

They knew it. And so the guide comes back and he's like, They're going to come get you. And I'm looking up at the couple and they're trying to word it like, "we're coming to rescue you.." And I said, okay. And they finally came over and I grabbed the rope on the side of their raft so hard because I was afraid of grabbing their oar. I needed the land.


00:16:35:22 - 00:16:55:14

Zenae

So for me, at that time, the land was that raft. So I held on to the rope of it,. I grabbed it so hard that I think I almost broke it off. And finally they got me into their raft. And I'm shaking. I'm shaking. And I'm thinking, okay, this is it. This is when they take me to land and we're done.


00:16:55:14 - 00:17:17:02

Zenae

We're going to go. We're going to leave. This is it. It's over. But no, no, it wasn't. Wasn't over. So what happened was we they're paddling me to to my party. The two well, two busloads or one and a half busload. I don't know because there was no head count. Remember, there was no head count and multiple rafts fell.


00:17:17:06 - 00:17:51:02

Zenae

And we I saw my party on two different rafts and we had to somehow come together. And I found out people drowned. People drowned heavily. Rocks hitting them. Things happened. Other people drowned and got hit. Multiple people, multiple people fell out of the rafts. Multiple rafts flipped multiple, not one. And as I'm in the raft with my party, I saw a daughter crying and I said, I feel exactly like you thinking that she had a scare, but I didn't know what the real story was.


00:17:51:02 - 00:18:13:08

Zenae

The real story was, I believe her mother was Julie Moore, the 50 or 51 year old who died that day from drowning. The same rock. Dimple rock. And so I didn't know this then. So we're back. We're on a raft and we're going to the lunch spot. So no rapids. We made the big one and everything else is supposed to be easy here on out.


00:18:13:10 - 00:18:31:20

Zenae

And this whole time I thought like, Can we leave now? Can we please leave? Like, I almost died. I don't want to go back on. I understand people who are adventurous, people who who like doing this stuff, who does it all the time, who, you know, gets the hunger and urge to be like, "You gotta take risks, man..


00:18:31:20 - 00:18:50:14

Zenae

or else that's it with your life, Like might as well just sit on your ass and do nothing," type of people. But no, we almost died and we were done. We had enough of our thrill, you know. And we asked the guide we're like, Can we go? Can we leave? And they're like, Oh no, the only way out is through the river.


00:18:50:14 - 00:19:09:07

Zenae

There's no real safe exits around here. I'm so sorry. I felt trapped. I was traumatized. I didn't know what to do. And we get to the lunch spot, and here I'm like, okay, do I risk getting eaten by bears in the middle of the woods or do I wait to die in the river? And then people are like, There's poison ivy, too, over here.


00:19:09:07 - 00:19:29:19

Zenae

I'm like, Oh, great there's also poison ivy risks. So what the hell do I do? Poison Ivy? Bears? River? Death? I'm just like, I don't know. And we're waiting. We're standing there for a while, waiting for lunch. While we're waiting there. We're realizing things. This is irrelevant compared to what happened. But I realized I lost my Fitbit. My Fitbit must have fallen out of the Dimple Rock.


00:19:30:19 - 00:19:56:03

Zenae

Last time I remembered, it was 2:04 p.m.. That was before the Dimple Rock. So we're standing there waiting for our lunch. I'm like, after everything that happened, I really don't give a shit about eating lunch. I just want to go back and down some whiskey, numb. what happened today. Like, I just couldn't... All I wanted was whiskey. So we're waiting for our lunch wihich what felt like a deserted island because they said that there was no trails.


00:19:56:03 - 00:20:17:06

Zenae

Poison ivy nearby. Bears. The only way out was the river, so we had to wait. No one told us what was going on after that Dimple rock, my crew, we were all pretty, you know, frightened, rightfully so. But being around people and how I process things, it takes me hours to a few days, a few seconds. It really depends.


00:20:17:06 - 00:20:36:11

Zenae

Like, I just have, like, delayed processing sometimes when it comes to stress, fear and like certain situations and bad news. So we're standing there and I don't want people seeing me freaking out. I almost died, you know, I didn't want that. So I do what Zenae does best. I made some sort of stupid, sarcastic joke. I mean, I love humor.


00:20:36:11 - 00:20:57:00

Zenae

I love comedy. I love it, and I enjoy dark humor. So I don't know why I was thinking like Gilligan's Island meets Lord of the Flies. We're waiting for a while. So I made a stupid joke like, All right, who are we sacrificing, who's being sacrificed first so we can eat some food? And somebody there, they're like, Well, what about the fish?


00:20:57:00 - 00:21:23:07

Zenae

And, I'm like, oh yeah, I should have said that one first instead of resorting to cannibalism, but it was just a joke. And I'm like, Oh man, with all the danger and stuff in the world, I'm probably scaring these people. And I told them how I'm not a violent person or anything like that and such. It was just a dumb joke. Anyway, so one guy said, Oh no, that woman survived, because we were all looking for this woman and we didn't know where she was.


00:21:23:07 - 00:21:47:00

Zenae

And so he's like, Yeah, I think I saw her walking and I think she's okay and just separated from her party. Okay. So I'm like, all right, nobody's missing. Then some people were like, "No, I think something is wrong. It wouldn't take this long for lunch." I'm like, yeah. First, I'm thinking maybe they're rescuing her, bringing her back on the food raft. I thought I heard. All sorts of things like this is what happens when people don't talk to each other.


00:21:47:01 - 00:22:11:16

Zenae

Nobody says anything directly. They start assuming things and we have no idea what's going on. I'm like, Wait, this is odd. I'm like, all of our guides aren't here. Something must have happened, you know, we didn't know how serious it was. And one guy comes back and all of a sudden he's doing a head count. And this, mind you, after the incident, this is the first time we're getting a head count.


00:22:11:23 - 00:22:33:11

Zenae

And he's like, remember your numbers because we'll call it again later. All right. I was number 26. They never called it a second time. They did a head count once. I think like 2 hours later, maybe even two and a half hours later, we're on like a three hour tour. You know, Gilligan's Island type music starts coming in.


00:22:34:01 - 00:22:54:20

Zenae

There's a park ranger. Oh, sure, it was. There might have been a different exhibit anyway. So all of a sudden, all the guides and safety crew came in rolling in on their kayaks. Whatever was happening just didn't look good. We were able to get on a raft with a guide and everybody kept saying, Oh, the toughest part is over.


00:22:54:20 - 00:23:14:18

Zenae

It's light. it's gonna be easy. Dimple rock was the hardest. Okay? And so we got on this raft with the guide and it was actually nice, like he was telling us what to do, when to row, when to row, forward went row backwards, when to take a break from rowing, when to lean and when to jump, you know, jump on the raft to get the rock out.


00:23:14:19 - 00:23:36:11

Zenae

He knew exactly what we should be doing. And for the first time, I started to feel slightly safe, even though for Whitewater Adventurers, you're supposed to scream out, I feel safe. I never screamed that because I never felt safe, period. You know, I can go into details, how like, a Beetle started attacking me and then we had to kill the beetle.


00:23:36:15 - 00:24:02:07

Zenae

And it's like but that's, that's a different story. But as we're on this raft, when we heard we only had to take the river to get back to the mainland, and we heard that there's no trails. Nobody informed us about a person. But on the raft, eventually we heard an ambulance drive by and we discovered that a woman was rescued and her family left with her to go to the hospital.


00:24:02:08 - 00:24:24:12

Zenae

No further details then that was revealed. I think in our minds, we just assume and hope for the best because it's like, oh, like I couldn't have been on the same rock where somebody died. Like, that can't happen. Death doesn't happen on family fun adventures. No, that can't happen. this is the easy one. This is you know but that was Julie Moore.


00:24:24:12 - 00:24:45:09

Zenae

We finished the rapid trail with the guide and going through certain rapids how we with five of us at this point almost flipped a few times. I knew we all knew we would have flipped three or four more times. So imagine if we never got the guide in our raft. If that never happened, we could have died again.


00:24:45:09 - 00:25:18:01

Zenae

Like had another near-death experience or something else, or even just like more and more traumatized because that was horrific what happened and finally, finally, we made it to land. I mean, you get stressed out in life, you get depressed, you say, so many things of darkness, not wanting to see people, not wanting to go somewhere and not wanting to talk to people, not wanting to do this, not wanting to message anybody, not wanting to communicate with anyone, not wanting to reach out.


00:25:18:06 - 00:25:41:06

Zenae

Just to stay in darkness, wishing you weren't born this, that, and the other thing. But when you face basically your death or something near death, you get this new appreciation for life. You're so happy that you're alive. You're so happy., you get to get a message from any of your friends again. You're so happy that you get to hear somebody complain about nonsense.


00:25:41:18 - 00:26:07:12

Zenae

You're so happy that you get to hear a family member's voice again. You're so happy that you're alive, that you are alive, and that you realize that your life is worth something and it's some sort of appreciation that you never really felt before that when I saw Metallica the next day on August 14th in Pittsburgh, when James Hetfield said, How does it feel to be alive?


00:26:07:12 - 00:26:35:02

Zenae

I almost bawled out in tears because it felt amazing. It feels amazing to be here that life should never be taken for granted. Our life can be over. After a family trip in the blink of an eye, anything. And I say like, my anxiety is so up, I respond to things differently. I'm going through a process here. It's very traumatic and PTSD.


00:26:35:02 - 00:27:01:09

Zenae

I was washing my hands and looking at the water and started getting afraid of the sink. I had a glass of water and I thought I just got reminded of drinking the river water. PTSD and trauma. It is real. And there's only like so much stuff that you can share on Facebook or Instagram or something and like, you know, attention spans or not or lack of or willing to watch it or caring about it because oh, there's another post from her or radatdada.


00:27:01:10 - 00:27:24:05

Zenae

Or, I unfollowed you because you said this or I took a screenshot of that and I did that, you know, like stupid nonsense that really people just need to get the hell over it. But it's just so much to interpret that, like I thought, to make this video, this audio recording, just to explain. I mean, it was just terrifying, terrifying! I wouldn't want anybody to go through this.


00:27:24:09 - 00:27:43:12

Zenae

So what happened is I realized Dimple rock. I did my research after the fact. As a journalist, I should know better to do your research first. But I trusted the people. Easy. Okay. Guides. I didn't think anything of it. I never done this in my life. And Dimple Rock is one of the top five most dangerous rapids in the country.


00:27:43:12 - 00:28:07:07

Zenae

It may be on the easy, low trail, but the undercut and how it works like a vacuum, is what makes it dangerous. It makes it so dangerous. It has killed over 23 people in 40 years. And my guess is it's probably killed even more than that. And it's injured probably a hell of a lot more. I can guarantee I am not a statistic here.


00:28:07:07 - 00:28:30:22

Zenae

They did not report my experience and my friends experience and the other people in my crew's experience. And who knows how many other people's experiences that did not get reported that you just continue going on the raft like nothing happened. You didn't almost die. It's one thing if you're an adventurer person that you've had this experience and you love, you know, you get a thrill from it.


00:28:30:22 - 00:28:57:00

Zenae

But it's another thing if you're just some person just trying this for the first time and having no experience. Completely different! Different mindsets. It was scary. It was so scary. And I read over the years people wanted to get rid of Dimple rock, but, you know, you don't want to and I agree with this. You don't want to get rid, change nature over nature for the sake of a sport and it could do more damage than good.


00:28:57:00 - 00:29:23:08

Zenae

So all I'm asking, all I want is have danger signs. Be honest to your people. Remember, they never told us there were trails. There are ways to avoid the Dimple rock by taking your raft and going around it on the trail to avoid it. There are ways to avoid Dimple rock. And they did not clarify that. There should be warning signs.


00:29:23:09 - 00:29:49:04

Zenae

There was no warning signs. There should be some sort of plan to bring safety for people like me who are inexperienced., that just wanted to know what it's about. To say that you did it. Have fun. There should be more guides offering in the raft of people there should have been a warning to say, okay, for these type of rafts, minimum four people, minimum five, six, whatever, have an even weight.


00:29:49:04 - 00:30:09:03

Zenae

They should not let people with a party of three take that raft. They should not have lied to say it is easier with three people. Meanwhile, I read that if you go on a raft on Dimple Rock, it's actually more difficult than on a kayak or canoe. Nobody told us this. We didn't know any of this. We didn't know there were ways to avoid it.


00:30:09:05 - 00:30:29:08

Zenae

They lied to us. Why did they lie? To save time? Well, that time could have saved somebody's life. Julie Moore's life and PTSD for who knows how many other people got scarred from this, over the years. This isn't like roller coaster at Six Flags. This is something that does kill people. And yes, rollercoasters kill people, too. But you get what I mean.


00:30:29:08 - 00:30:51:13

Zenae

There's no seatbelts or anything. There is nothing. It's just you and the river. You and nature and you can die, people die from it. And I could have been dead and I read. In 2019, a man got stuck at Dimple Rock because his foot got stuck. And I just I was in horror when I read that because what if when I decided to stand up, my foot got stuck and I continued to drown?


00:30:51:23 - 00:31:12:10

Zenae

What if that couple wasn't there and I had to take that rope and I drowned? What if I just went directly in undercut and couldn't get out? I don't know how. I don't know how I'm alive. And I'm actually I'm happy to be alive. But I have this added fear. I'm afraid of going on the plane. I'm afraid of drinking water.


00:31:12:10 - 00:31:37:22

Zenae

I'm afraid of walking. I'm like any instant something can take your life and I'm just so happy that no matter what in my life, of all the negative thoughts I've had of myself and I'm happy that I'm alive and here, I want to try to prevent this from happening. I want to try to save somebody's life. I mean, I'm talking about families go down these rapids. Families! Little kids. Children.


00:31:38:03 - 00:31:57:01

Zenae

If a child went under that would be it, a child didn't know any better, that's it. And they don't do anything about it. The life vest didn't save me. It brought me under because of the vacuum. I saved myself for deciding to stand like an idiot. But I just stood in a lucky spot and I don't know how I did that.


00:31:57:04 - 00:32:26:21

Zenae

It is dangerous and I'm sure if this video goes anywhere, people will be like, Oh, you're such a moron. Or like, you know, the Internet hate. That kind of goes on from people because that's what they do now. But like, I want this to be safe for people. It's not safe. I'm not saying to close the rapids like I'm for adventurers and people doing these type of athletics, but like have warnings. Don't tell people it's a class two when it's really a class three or four.


00:32:26:21 - 00:32:53:18

Zenae

Don't tell people, oh, it's just a little tricky when it's known as the most dangerous rapid in Pennsylvania and top five most dangerous rapid period. I think I read somewhere where despite the upper level of the river with, you know, levels, class fives and stuff, it's the undercut and the vacuum from Dimple Rock that makes it terrifying, that makes it dangerous.


00:32:53:23 - 00:33:15:06

Zenae

And I get it. I get the thrill and wanting to face danger and do it again and again. I get it. But there's children and older people that want to do this that won't be so lucky. Swimmers that aren't strong and people is going there to face their fears of drowning. But like all it takes is the simple rock to cut it out.


00:33:15:08 - 00:33:31:04

Zenae

We need to save lives over businesses. My heart goes out to Julie Moore's family. I'm really sorry. I'm sorry this happened to you. And to know that all of this could have been avoided if they were honest. Unbelievable. And that's Dimple Rock.



Transcript 02: Death At Dimple Rock | Zenae’s Bruises:


00:00:05:01 - 00:00:26:08

Zenae

So they said, go on your back so you can float up. So I went when the raft tipped over from Dimple Rock went on my back and I remember just going underwater. There was no floating. Now, I don't know if it was two inches, two feet. I couldn't see. I couldn't breathe. I was drowning. That was the first thing like, oh, wow, I'm drowning.


00:00:26:08 - 00:00:55:14

Zenae

I'm not floating like this. That was my first thought. And it's so hard. Everything just, like, happened so fast. My knee banged into a rock like, bam, banged into it. And I don't know if I scraped my thigh or something or twisted my leg in there. I have no idea what happened. All I know is I ended up standing on this flat rock and I didn't die.


00:00:56:00 - 00:01:16:11

Zenae

That is it. Injuries now, I have bruises on my knee is in like four different colors. My thigh hurts when I sleep. I have bruises. I have a bruise on both arms. I took a photo of the left arm. I found a little one on my right arm. I don't know if I have a rash from something on my wrist.


00:01:16:15 - 00:01:38:05

Zenae

I've been limping. I had a really liquify myself before Metallica to pretend I was okay. Anybody who knows me, Zenae will see Metallica with, like, broken bones, broken everything. I mean, I did 70K with a broken finger. When I really want to go somewhere, I go regardless of injuries and I suffer through the pain and I don't really cry like that.


00:01:38:18 - 00:02:03:17

Zenae

I just go through it. This was like a whole different experience and kind of like shaken afterwards. But yeah, I've been limping a bit. I know the first few nights have been like really painful on my right leg. And then I remember the first night I felt like I was back on the boat and I was afraid of sleeping, just going through the motions of the aftermath of a traumatic experience.


00:02:03:17 - 00:02:21:14

Zenae

It's all I can say, but a PTSD from looking at water, you know, what sucks is, I just went through my cat's death in May where I had a little bit PTSD, like hearing my phone ring or taking Ghost (my dog) to the doggy hotel. I'm still afraid of taking my pets to the vet. I lost two cats in one year and now I almost lost my own life.


00:02:21:14 - 00:02:47:23

Zenae

And the year is not even over yet. So I don't even know. I don't know. It's just like I don't know what's going to happen next? And I'm terrified. I am terrified. And also grateful to be here. Every day is a blessing every day, regardless of what faith you believe in, every day, every moment is a blessing to be here, to be alive, never, ever take life for granted, be happy that you are here.


00:02:47:23 - 00:02:53:10

Zenae

Reach out to the people that you care for. Don't take life for granted.



Transcript 03: Death At Dimple Rock |Clearing Up Misinformation:


00:00:05:02 - 00:00:31:05

Zenae

Hello. It's Zenae again. I figured to do a second video because new information is coming to light. This video is more technical. There might be some repetition of my story of what happened, but we're just going to go to the basics. Whitewater Adventures, on the website. First thing. It's listed as, like your rafting options, everything apparently is more clear on the site.


00:00:31:06 - 00:01:04:17

Zenae

The site says rafting for all skill levels. So lower class 3, that's what it says in parentheses, is for new and experienced rafters. So new would be us plus experienced. And with the 70 plus people that were there, I can guarantee that most people were new or and there were also some children there. Middle is class 1 to 2, which is perfect for families, and then upper is class 4 to 5 is perfect for extreme adventurers.


00:01:05:00 - 00:01:29:08

Zenae

Now it's, you know, advertising as one of the best. Great ratings. Wonderful! Buy me! you know, join us! Type of thing. A few things that I noticed is I looked up the lower Yough or however you pronounce it, and they gave the quick details. It said, it changed from just 3 to class of rapids is from 2 to 4.


00:01:29:16 - 00:02:03:15

Zenae

Duration is 4 hours. The minimum age is 12+. Distance is 7.5 miles. Then it says raft and inflatable kayak rentals. On the lower Yough. “Create your own adventures with Whitewater Adventurers, rentals on the lower Yough. Choose from 4 to 6 person rafts.” Do you understand what they're saying? Let me just read that again. “Create your own adventure with Whitewater Adventurers rentals on the lower Yough. Choose from 4 to 6 person rafts.” What months does it run? April through October.


00:02:03:16 - 00:02:23:16

Zenae

The fact this lists 4 to 6 person rafts is what's getting me here the most, because… And the classes. it’s saying class 2 to 4. But if you look at the map over here.. So, on the map that I have here, of the Ohiopyle on the lower Yough river, it starts with the Entrance Rapid class 3 to 4.


00:02:23:18 - 00:02:53:23

Zenae

Then the Cucumber rapid is 3 to 4. Eddy Turn rapid is class three. Camel and Walrus Rapid is class three. Dartmouth Rapid is class three. Railroad Rapid is class 3 - 4. Dimple Rapid is class 3 to 4 with a warning that says danger. Dimple Rock is an entrapment hazard. Swimmers rapid is class 3 to 4. Double Hydraulics is class 3 to 4 River’s End Class 3 to 4.


00:02:53:23 - 00:03:22:21

Zenae

Schoolhouse Rapid is class 3. Bottle of wine is class 3. Maze or Stewarton in this class 3. Bruner Run Rapid is class 3. And zero Rapids are class two. And it says another danger by River’s End is to avoid wall and snaggletooth rocks. And then danger as an unguided boater on a class 3 to 4 river. You are accepting responsibility for your own safety.


00:03:23:03 - 00:03:47:16

Zenae

You must be familiar with this river whitewater, rope, boating and self-rescue skills. Yeah, we weren't. Nobody was. And most of the people were beginners. One person couldn't swim who was afraid of drowning, for crying out loud. And so with us only having three people there, no warning, and the guide telling us it's easier and with it advertise with the class three.


00:03:48:04 - 00:04:21:14

Zenae

And then over here it says class two. And yet, Dimple, 3 to 4. And the guide told us it's a class two. I mean, who is telling the truth here? Nobody. They're just saving their ass. So let's go to the news. You read any article right now about this, about Julie Moore’s death. Okay? First of all, we'll see how many news coverage will change and update to have facts over this, because clearly the owners of Whitewater adventurers, they don't care about the lives lost.


00:04:21:23 - 00:04:56:23

Zenae

They care about saving face and their business. I found this article seemed a bit more. I don't know why or how but it seemed more detailed. It's a site called Dead or Death Hoax. It says “Julie Moore, Ohiopyle Obituary. 50 year old Ohio woman passed away after a rafting accident. Julie Moore Death obituary not available. Julie Moore of Ohio tragically passed away in a rafting accident at the Dimple Rock Rapids on the lower Yough river at Ohio State Park in Fayette County.”


00:04:57:12 - 00:05:32:20

Zenae

So far, accurate. Okay. “According to the preliminary data gathered by Fayette County coroner Dr. Phillip E. Reilly, Julie was taking part in a trip down the river when a raft she was riding in with her two daughters and a friend crashed and dumped the occupants into the water. At Dimple Rock, Moore was discovered to be missing when rafting guides took a headcount of participants, according to Reilly, and was later found under the river.”


00:05:33:00 - 00:05:57:20

Zenae

Wrong. Absolutely wrong. There was no head count. They knew somebody was missing. They didn't headcount us until after the fact. One of the guides went to do a head count and he said, We're going to give you a head count. Remember your number so we can count later. The later count never happened. I was number 26. It never happened.


00:05:58:01 - 00:06:21:13

Zenae

And this only took part because they already knew something was wrong. The daughter's already expressed that their mother was missing. So a lie right there or misinformation. Again, I was there. I'm a witness of everything that happened. I am not lying. I'm not here for clicks. I'm not here for anything. I'm just sharing the truth and facts to hopefully save somebody else's life.


00:06:21:20 - 00:06:54:20

Zenae

Because what happened in seeing them cover their company's ass? No, somebody died. So.. “The woman, a Columbus native, was immediately subjected to resuscitation efforts, according to park operations manager Ken Bisbee, before she was carried by medics to Uniontown Hospital, he claimed that river guides from a number of outfitters, state park rangers and responders from the Ohio Pile, Stuart Volunteer fire departments, water rescue squad aided in the operation.”


00:06:55:05 - 00:07:23:08

Zenae

Now Yes, there were people there to rescue her. We saw a bunch of people at the end in kayaks, rowing. So, yes, there was definitely a search team while we were waiting for our quote unquote lunch. “According to Reilly, she was declared deceased around 6:20 on Saturday. Reilly claimed that although the incident appeared to have been an accidental drowning, the inquiry into how it happened is still ongoing.”


00:07:23:08 - 00:08:08:10

Zenae

Well, it's horrible safety measures, but let's continue, “According to Bisbee, 71 individuals and 17 rafts participated in the river excursion planned by authorized outfitter Whitewater Adventurers. According to him, the woman’s and her companion’s Raft was the only one that capsized in the rapid.” Let's read that again. Just let's just read that again because already there is a clear lie. “According to Bisbee, 71 individuals in 17 rafts participated in the river excursion planned by authorized outfitter Whitewater Adventurers.”


00:08:08:11 - 00:08:37:21

Zenae

“According to him, the woman’s and her companion’s Raft was the only one that capsized in the rapid.” Wrong. Absolutely wrong. The raft I was in flipped over. I drowned. I luckily survived. Not by the guides in the group. But, a couple. A couple saw me standing on the rock while the guides were trying to throw me a rope over the Dimple Rapid knowing that that water was going to suck me in like a vacuum underneath.


00:08:37:21 - 00:08:59:08

Zenae

I had to hold my nose underwater and I can't have the rope and holding my nose at the same time while water is dragging me under, it's not going to happen. The couple saved me and that's not the only person that drowned. Multiple people drowned. And went underwater. Multiple rafts flipped. While I was standing there on the rock waiting to be rescued.


00:08:59:08 - 00:09:24:00

Zenae

Another raft somehow didn't hit me. I honestly do not know how I survived this. I do not know how I got so lucky. I have no idea. No clue. But, another raft while I was standing there flipped over and they managed to put people to safety. Yes. Do not say that this woman and her companions’, a raft, was the only one that capsized at the Dimple Rock in the rapid.


00:09:24:01 - 00:09:54:03

Zenae

Do not say that many people flipped throughout the 7.5 Mile River. Many people did that. Out of the 71 individuals, maybe other people were stronger, better swimmers, or the flip wasn't as severe. But that woman and her companions’, Raft, was not the only one that capsized in the rapid. And this is going all over these news articles sharing misinformation based on one quote. I was there.


00:09:54:04 - 00:10:36:07

Zenae

I drowned. I almost died. I don't know how I survived, but it was literally a miracle, thanks to a rock and a couple not affiliated with the group. So let's continue. “According to Bisbee, the incident is being investigated, but all of Ohiopyle’s Outfitters rigorously follow particular criteria for safety. All participants receive the proper safety equipment, go through a safety briefing and practice in a calm pool close to the launch before going down the river and receive training from the guides on duty while on the river.”


00:10:36:14 - 00:11:05:11

Zenae

Now this part I really want to laugh because I cannot express how many times that I was there. I experienced this. Okay, now, yes. We had a speech about safety and how to wear our equipment. Yes, that happened. We did have the safety briefing. They did tell us that they will have somebody check our gear. And shortly after no one checked our gear. That did not happen.


00:11:05:13 - 00:11:32:19

Zenae

They also said that, oh three people are you sure about that? Meanwhile, the site that I just said earlier, said 4 to 6. We had three. And instead of saying, can we join another party, maybe a party of two, another party three, or join a different class or any, or have a guide with us instead of any of those safety measures.


00:11:32:19 - 00:11:59:07

Zenae

They said, oh, it will be ok. It's actually better with just three people. It's better you guys have it the best. Let's continue with this safety. Oh, I'm sorry. One of their most important safety measures was to scream out, I feel safe. I feel safe. Yeah. No. So after the safety briefing, which is just how to put on your life vest, your helmet, what to do, how to be rescued.


00:11:59:07 - 00:12:20:18

Zenae

Hold on to the kayak, which I was never offered, because the rope, the rope doesn't work… for everybody. And the rope definitely doesn't work when a vacuum, when the water is being vacuumed, like you're getting sucked into under… no way. “Safety equipment go through safety briefing.” All right. “Practice in a calm pool close to the launch before going down the river.”


00:12:20:20 - 00:12:46:09

Zenae

That never happened. We never practiced in a calm pool close to the launch before going down the river. That never existed. That's a flat out lie, at least on the day I was there, the same day Julie Moore died. “And received training from the guides on duty while on the river.”There was no training. It was just them directing us which way to go and having nearby rescuers.


00:12:46:16 - 00:13:09:19

Zenae

That was it. That wasn't training. That was just like, here you go, watch where we point. That's about it. They didn't have enough guides per boat. It wasn't safe and they lied to us about which class Dimple rock was. And they lied to us. They said that there were no trails nearby, that we couldn't avoid certain rapids and that we couldn't leave early, that the only way out was through the river.


00:13:09:19 - 00:13:40:01

Zenae

Meanwhile, there were trails and apparently stretchers nearby waiting for danger. Instead of avoiding all of this. They basically said we had to risk our lives and more to die because clearly we were too inexperienced, but nobody stopped us. There was no pool to teach us what to do. There was nothing. We just went right there. “Dimple Rock is well known for being hazardous, and the enormous rock is reputed to have a vacuum or divot that can capture anybody who were launched into the water.”


00:13:40:01 - 00:14:04:03

Zenae

Let's read that again. “Dimple Rock is well known for being hazardous. The enormous rock is reputed to have a vacuum or divot that can capture anybody who are launched into the water. More than 23 people have died on the river in the last 40 years, with the majority of them taking place close to the Dimple Rock Rapid.” That part is true, but they report the deaths.


00:14:04:03 - 00:14:31:03

Zenae

As you see in this article. Apparently Julie Moore's raft was the only one who flipped. My experience didn't happen. Other people I know and saw with my own eyes, their experiences didn't happen at least five other incidents, at least minimum from what I saw because we were close to last, didn't happen, quote unquote. Who knows how many underreportings there are of how dangerous this rapid is.


00:14:31:03 - 00:14:52:10

Zenae

That is just insane. That is so insane. And the fact that the site says a minimum of four person raft, a four person raft, and there were three of us when we got the tickets, nobody warned us. Nobody put us on with a different group. Nobody added people. Nobody gave us a guide, nothing. No warning, just, oh, it's better with three people and then lying.


00:14:52:10 - 00:15:18:14

Zenae

The report saying her boat, Julie Moore's boat was raft was the only one that flipped just to save the company? No, there needs to be safety precautions here. Lying to people, lying when you the all of this could have been avoided. I, I didn't have to have a near-death experience. Julie Moore didn't have to die. If they just told the damn truth and let people walk on the trails if it was too dangerous, horrible, horrible.


00:15:18:15 - 00:15:51:10

Zenae

I mean, I'm not against adventure sports. I'm all for challenges in doing these things. But the measures and the lies, like they told us, Dimple Rock was class two. Yet the site says class 3 to 4. You get a map of the place says danger. So, you know, it's it's really interesting. So, yes, I learned next time I decide to do, you know, skydiving or anything, you know, adventurous to like make sure I really read everything, cross my T's and dot my I’s type of thing because wow, I did not did not expect to this. Reading the report.


00:15:51:13 - 00:16:13:04

Zenae

First of all, it's tragic enough what happened. But to see like like blatant lies. Unbelievable. Be safe out there. Respect yourself. The people you're with, read waivers before you sign them. I don't know what else to say. Full of lies and holes. And all of it could have been avoided. And that's what really gets me the most.


00:16:13:10 - 00:16:29:16

Zenae

If you watched this, thank you. Spread the word out to get people safe. My heart just goes out to Julie Moore and her family and I hope her family finds peace, somehow. And I just, my heart breaks for her family.



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