Issac Ludwig, 27, died on August 26 while attempting to paddle the Road Prong of the Little Pigeon shortly after a heavy rain. The accomplished kayaker put in with Jared Seiler and James Donahue, all of them whitewater guides with many years of experience. The three had planned to paddle the lower section until just before its confluence with the West Prong at the Chimney Tops trail footbridge. Shortly after entering the river the party members recognized they were in danger and attempted to make the shore, but only Seiler and Donahue were able to catch eddies in the swollen current. Ludwig was forced to continue downstream. more info–> Isaac was a very strong minded and talented person. He was a great friend to many on and off the water. His consistent smile always kept positive vibes while on the river. He will be missed by many. The Top Yough Race is a tribute to him.