Floating downstream through rock-strewn rapids, past breath-taking scenery, whitewater rafting is a popular outdoor thrill ride. Like most outdoor adventure sports, whitewater rafting comes with its’ share of risks. According to statistics provided by American Whitewater, an average of 6-10 deaths occur every year on commercial whitewater rafting trips. Most of these are due to drowning. Whitewater rafts carry a dozen or more passengers. So, if the raft tips over, there are a lot of people in the rushing water trying to cling to rocks or scramble ashore. Another factor to take into consideration, is that if a traveler is injured on a whitewater rafting trip, they may be very far from any medical facilities and need an emergency evacuation to receive medical treatment.