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21-Year-Old UGA Student Missing After Being Thrown From Raft in Wyoming

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A search is underway for 21-year-old Oliver Woodward, a University of Georgia student, who went missing after he was thrown from a raft on a river in Wyoming.

What Happened?

Woodward was last seen late Tuesday afternoon in the water in Snake River Canyon, about a mile south of Hoback Junction, Jackson Hole.

He was one of six people on the raft on July 4, and was not wearing a life jacket, according to authorities. As the raft entered a section of rapids known as Kings Wave, he and another person were ejected, according to AJC. The four others in the group managed to get to shore, while the fifth was found in good health, Teton County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Carr said.

“He had a landscaping job this summer in Jackson Hole,” Oliver’s mother Julia Woodward told 11 Alive.

“He wanted to be there because it was so beautiful and wanted to be in the mountains,” she added.

The search for Woodward began Tuesday evening and has continued since.

Woodward is 6 feet tall and was wearing green board shorts at the time he was thrown from the raft.


University of Georgia

The University of Georgia, also referred to as UGA or simple Georgia, is a a public land-grant, Regional Sun Grant, National Sea Grant and National Space Grant research university located in Athens, Georgia, roughly one hour from Atlanta. It is a flagship university that is ranked tied for 18th overall among all public national universities in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

It was founded in 1785 and today serves more than 36,000 students.

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