The latest tragedy at Ohiopyle State Park compels me to write ("Missing Rafter's Body Pulled From Yough River," July 9). On June 7, 1998, my daughter, her husband, my son and I were rafting. Our raft hit Dimple Rock and I was thrown off the raft. I was able to hold on to part of the rock and was able to jump in the next raft that came by.
A Post-Gazette story of Sept. 18, 2000, about a drowning quoted the Fayette County coroner: "Dimple Rock is one of the river's more challenging rapids and people have had a lot of fun and thrills there over the years. But there will come a point when people will feel the risk of drowning is too high a price to pay for the fun and thrills." The coroner, Dr. Phillip Reilly, also said, "We have a big problem with Dimple Rock and people are very upset about it." The story said he "would consult with engineers to determine if Dimple Rock, a tank-sized chunk of Pottsville sandstone, should be 'split in two or in fourths to make it less dangerous.' "
The 2000 story said the death was the second at the rapid in nine days, and the third that summer.
It's time to eliminate Dimple Rock. Blow it up!
JOHN R. ERARIO