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Old 11-03-2013   #1
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60 minutes special--Great Falls / Shannon Christy

60 Minutes Sports recently aired this special on the Great Falls of the Potomac. It includes the tragic death of Shannon Christy.

The Great Falls - 60 Minutes - CBS News

Well worth 17 minutes of your time.

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Old 11-04-2013   #2
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Run on Shannon, and say hi to our friends you meet along the way.

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Old 11-04-2013   #3
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Very sad and I hope her family can find peace.

The 60 Minutes segment does not explain how she ended up in the seive. There are a few details here: More details re Shannon Christy.

The center line at Great Falls is a rough combo: hardest part is at the beginning, most dangerous part is at the end. And all the lines are weird in some way. It seems there is always a hidden danger in the worst and least expected spot.
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A well written and poignant piece regarding the Potomac
"I plan to leisurely advance through my existence" - Terry Fuhrman 1991
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The coincidence of having the run up to a tragedy documented in this way adds some mighty weight to the reality of whitewater deaths. The typical write ups we read where voices, emotions, and, most importantly, personalities, are tempered by the simple and effective text narrative with maybe a picture or two allows for much greater detachment. The added documentation along with the drama added (or is it added drama?) by a journalism layer puts this "report" in a category all its own. This, the rescues on OBJ, and the most recent one in England moves, for me, the reality of rescues and deaths away from black and white into a technicolor production that's increasingly difficult to digest.
On the river, I can abandon who I am and what I've done. However brief it lasts, while on the river I am nothing important and everything insignificant. I am flotsam, and happy to be so.
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