Originally Posted by yakgrrl101
First off, to everyone here, I will admit that I underestimated the river at the level that it was running and I was confident in my abilities to run it in spite of the high water and such. I trusted everyone in my party to help each other out. The responses I'm seeing here sets in stone that people here have no heart whatsoever and could give a rats ass of lives on the river.
You are so far off base here. I, and everyone I boat with, would put their life on the line to save me or another one of our friends. We would even put ourselves at risk to save a stranger.
The point still is, you are responsible for yourself. It is absurd you would ask the police to intervene because you got yourself in over your head. No one made you kayak. No one made you go with people you don't know real well. No one made you make all the bad choices that you made that day. Its all on you.
If your original post had been more of a question on the etiquette of offering assistance, you would have found that everyone would agree that you rescue anyone and everyone you can on the river.
Instead, you ignore your responsibility in this matter and insist that this was everyone else's fault.
Now you know. You are responsible for you. You need to make sure at every put in that you tell your buddies " I AM A ROOKIE. IF I SWIM YOU MUST HELP ME BECAUSE I HAVE A HARD TIME SELF RESCUING, OK?"
Now get back on the horse and go paddle.