Emily Jordan
Date of death: 29-04-2008

Emily Jordan, 21, from Trimpley near Bewdley, Worcs, drowned after getting trapped between rocks while “riverboarding” in rapids in the Kawarau River Gorge near Queenstown ...

Emily Jordan, 21, from Trimpley near Bewdley, Worcs, drowned after getting trapped between rocks while “riverboarding” in rapids in the Kawarau River Gorge near Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island.

Read more Read less

Tribute created by:
Lily Mahovlich

no hearts yet

Leave your memory here:
  • 2 years, 9 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    I was saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter Emily. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family.

    I travelled to New Zealand in 2005. I also went riverboarding with that company in Queenstown. It was the most terrifying experience. I got sucked under in a whirlpool. The guide had to pull me out as I was close to drowning.

    This is a very dangerous sport and needs to come to the public eye.

    no hearts yet

  • 2 years, 11 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    Hello,
    I only learnt of this accident very recently. I am a student at Emily's old school, but I just wanted to say that even though she didn't pass on recently, it is clear her memory lives on in all the wonderful charity work that all those who loved her do in Kidderminster.
    I wish I'd had the opportunity to know Emily, she was clearly a inspiring and beautiful person.
    I hope she rests in peace xxx

    no hearts yet

  • 4 years, 1 month
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    The day this terrible thing happened I was driving past. I just couldn't believe the beauty, it was like euphoria. the energy was just so incredible. It wasn't until I got back, that i realized what this incredible feeling was.I must have been tuned in as Emily was passing. it was very beautiful.
    Unfortunately, that day was to be the last i would see my Scottish born son, as on the 10th of May, he met his fate in a 4WD mishap up in the Southland mountains.He was crushed to death by the vehicle in which he was a back seat passenger. The driver got off with it. I couldn't believe it. nothing. these lads here are allowed to tear around the mountains, here, not wearing seat belts, no special driving instruction, drinking. loud music. to them it is a great joke, and these lads just kept going on their trip after my sons body had been flown off in a helicopter. Liam was born in Scotland, bought up in the countryside, and went to Rannoch boarding school. he followed me back to NZ, and a year to the day he started working here, I am burying him. the local lads have killed him.
    What can i do? no one will help. i have spent thousands on lawyers. I didn't even know this sort of thing went on. What are the laws here. Someone said there are no laws out there., and that's what they think, they just do what they like and get away with it.
    yes I am still upset, I am still grieving I don't know what to do, No one will help me. they say that's just an accident, get over it.
    What can I do can someone please help me.
    no inquest, I haven't got money to sue, if that can be done in NZ.
    I just don't understand how people can get away with things like this.

    no hearts yet

  • 4 years, 2 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    I was very saddened to hear about your daughter and I am so grateful that you made some headway with the NZ authorities regarding the safety of outdoor pursuits. I had a serious accident in 1994 whitewater rafting where many were injured and there was very little in the way of safety standards back then. My injuries still affect my life today and although I tried, I was unsuccessful to get anyone to listen. So thanks Chris for pushing it hard and getting somewhere. the little niggles it may bring some will certainly save others lives Im sure. Please feel free to contact me - scotteekiwi@yahoo.com.au

    no hearts yet

  • 4 years, 5 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    i really didnt know you at all. i am a 13 year old girl and i can relate to this sadden story. my uncle was the only one i could go to when i needed to, and he drowned swimming , when i saw him he made my day, and for me to read the story about this beautiful girl well woman brought back so many memories. sorry for her lost, and like i said i didnt know her at all but she will be missed by me. i pray for the family and her friends cause i truly know how you are all feeling.

    no hearts yet

  • 4 years, 9 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    So sorry for the loss of this beautiful girl. I don't know her. I just came back from NZ and having done the same excursion with same company and almost died myself after getting sucked into a rapid and held under for a while. I felt unsafe and hated every minute of it! I am a strong swimmer, i surf and i am very sporty, but this company is dangerous full stop. can see how it happened.

    :-( RIP

    no hearts yet

    4 years, 9 months

    Chris Jordan:

    Cary, I would like to speak with you, by phone or E Mail. I am Emily's Dad and have been trying for the last 18 months to get the NZ authorities to understand how dangerous this activity is. They don't want to know. A lot of individuals have experienced what you have River boarding, and the company you went with have not changed what they have done since Emily died. They did everything wrong and finished up with a £23000 fine! They then started up 3 weeks later without their safety audit! You have probably seen what i am doing - but it is a difficult job! Please, please contact me on: chris.jordan@cj-media.co.uk I will keep it confidential, but I have a list of 8 people that have nearly died River Boarding - unfortunately most people just walk away and put it down to experience. But people must speak out - if they don't the next person will die? Please contact me, to save those people? Thank you, Chris Jordan

  • 5 years, 2 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    A Queenstown river boarding operator hadn't told would-be adventurers how to escape if trapped under rocks before a trip which ended in the drowning of an English tourist, a court was told today.

    Maritime New Zealand prosecutors told Queenstown District Court that Mad Dog River Boarding director Brad McLeod's boat carried neither throw-bags nor ropes the day 21-year-old British woman Emily Jordan drowned, Radio New Zealand reported.

    The company was taking tourists on excursions when the river level was unusually low and had not briefed them on how to escape if trapped when riding on the modified wakeboard, the court was told.

    McLeod and his company face three charges each over Ms Jordan's death on the Kawarau River Gorge last April. McLeod denied all charges. If found guilty, each conviction carried a fine of up to $250,000.

    The tourist had been under water for about 20 minutes before a boat operated by another company came along. The crew of the second boat used ropes to retrieve her body.

    The incident was especially harrowing for her boyfriend, who was standing on the riverbank while rescuers recovered her corpse, the court was told.

    Today was first day of the hearing, which was expected to take five days

    no hearts yet

  • 6 years, 1 month
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    missed by so many i didnt no you very well but i saw how happy you made everyone feel and thats good enuf for me R.I.P. em x

    no hearts yet

  • 6 years, 3 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    no hearts yet

  • 6 years, 3 months
    created memory in Emily Jordan
    created memory in Emily Jordan

    i miss you more than i did yesterday but not as much as i will tomorrow and everyday after. im always thinking of you and hope you know how i feel. love you forever xxx

    no hearts yet

  • more
Cancel Delete
Cancel Report
Cancel Report

Please login first:

x